A call to a cabin burglary in progress, alerted by a security system, led to the arrest of a suspect found with items from two additional burglaries, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Two men were charged Nov. 6 by the Cass County Attorney’s Office with second degree burglary and fleeing a peace officer on foot.
According to the criminal complaint, a Cass County Deputy responded to a burglary in progress after the reporting party received an alert from the security system at his cabin. Upon viewing the security footage on his cellphone, the reporting party saw two individuals wearing dark clothing with covered faces attempting to gain access into his locked cabin. While viewing the footage, the feed was suddenly terminated as though something interrupted the system. When the deputy arrived on scene, he could hear the suspects running through the woods behind the cabin.
The deputy pursued the suspects on foot and announced, “Sheriff’s Office stop show me your hands,” the criminal complaint stated. The suspects reportedly continued to flee through the woods. As the deputy followed through the woods, the two suspects and the deputy approached a clearing. The deputy then reported recognizing one individual as Richard Floyd Roubal.
The deputy reported calling the suspect by name and ordering him to stop. Roubal continued to run east toward a sports utility vehicle parked at the edge of the clearing, hidden from the roadway. Roubal ultimately cut back into the woods and the deputy reported losing sight of him, the complaint stated. A perimeter was set up in the area and multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with efforts to locate the suspects without immediate success.
After further investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the second suspect was identified as Joshua Gunnar Olson. Working with the Little Falls Police Department and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County deputies were able to locate Olson, who admitted his involvement in the burglary, the sheriff’s department reported.
Olson stated Roubal broke the window and entered the residence through the window and opened the door to let him in. Once inside, Olson was the lookout while Roubal rummaged through the residence looking for items to steal. Olson went on to say that he and Roubal fled into the woods when a deputy arrived on the scene.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office ultimately located Roubal at a cabin in the Pillager area. During a search of Roubal’s belongings, deputies located items that were stolen from two separate burglaries. They also located methamphetamine in the cabin.
Both Roubal and Olson appeared in Cass County District Court on Nov. 7. The court ordered Roubal detained without bail or bond on a separate matter, and on the burglary charge bail was set in the amount of $100,000 without conditions, $50,000 with conditions, or a $5,000 cash alternative. In Olson’s matter, the court ordered bail set in the amount of $20,000 without conditions, $10,000 with conditions, or a $1,000 cash alternative.