Isanti man gets four years for 2009 Ham Lake burglary

By Eric Hagen
Anoka County Union

A 37-year-old Isanti man was sentenced to four years in prison because he kicked open a door and illegally entered a Ham Lake home.

Arnold John Clemensen was convicted of first-degree burglary, which is a felony. He was sentenced April 15 to four years, one month in prison, but was given credit for 40 days he already served in jail. In addition, he must pay about $300 in restitution to the homeowners’ whose door he kicked in.

Clemensen was charged in late May 2009 while he was on the run. Authorities tracked him down in early November 2009.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities were alerted around 9:30 a.m. May 11, 2009 of the crime.

When deputies from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the Ham Lake home in the 1900 block of 141st Lane N.E. the 40-year-old male homeowner told them that he was upstairs in the master bedroom when he heard the doorbell ring. He did not answer it. Shortly afterwards, he heard the door being kicked in.

He ran downstairs and confronted Clemensen, who was standing in the entryway of the door. According to the story detailed in the complaint, the homeowner tackled Clemensen and pushed him out the front door where a fight ensued.

As they were punching each other, Clemensen yelled to a second male who was sitting in a flat-bed pickup truck. The homeowner ran back inside as Clemensen threw landscape rocks at him. He called 911 and watched Clemensen jump into the flat-bed of the pickup truck, which drove away.

According to the complaint, Clemensen has a very lengthy criminal record. The highlighted conviction dates were for felony theft in Isanti County Sept. 16, 1998, felony theft in Isanti County Aug. 30, 2001, second-degree burglary in Chisago County Nov. 8, 2004, receiving stolen property in Sherburne County June 3, 2005 and receiving stolen property in Isanti County June 23, 2005.