Local teens face felony theft charges

Two 19-year-old Cambridge men are facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges following an arrest last week.

Tayler Anthony Swenson and Matthew Mark William Raasch were charged in Isanti County District Court March 20 before Judge Todd Schoffelman with felony third-degree burglary, felony theft and 11 misdemeanor charges for tampering and entering a motor vehicle without permission.

Schoffelman set bail for Swenson and Raasch at $20,000 without conditions, or $10,000 with conditions, and their next court appearance for March 27.

According to the criminal complaints: 

Isanti County Deputies Jonathan Vandervegt and Noah Heiller were dispatched to the 1310 block of 280th Lane Northwest in Bradford Township at 3:15 a.m. March 18 after receiving a call about two individuals entering vehicles in the area.

The officers, as well as K-9 partner Kojak, tracked the suspects to a grove of pine trees. The pair had a backpack with stolen items.

The backpack contained GPS units, gloves, CDs, sunglasses, a cellphone charger, a flashlight, safety glasses, hockey tape, a hockey puck, ear buds, loose change and a custom-stitched Bluejackets hat. The total value of the stolen goods was $1,059.

After being read his Miranda rights, Raasch said he was “being dumb and car shopping.”

The Isanti County Sheriff’s Office requested the public help reduce this type of theft by locking vehicle doors, parking vehicles in the garage if possible and taking valuables out of vehicles.

Authorities advised that if you see suspicious activity in your area, do not wait to report it; call the police right away. If you are a victim of a theft, report it to your local police department.

If you think you are a victim of a theft, or witness to an incident, call and report it right away.

To report an anonymous tip to the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, call 763-691-2426.