A Thief River Falls man was sentenced Tuesday, July 11 in Pennington County District Court for a felony charge of second degree burglary.

Austin Ray Mueller, 20, was sentenced to 29 months in prison, which is to be served concurrently w i t h another case. He was ordered to supply a DNA sample . Mueller was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. He was also ordered to pay $ 210 in fees and fines. The right to restitution has been reserved with the state having 30 days to file a certificate and the defense having 60 days to respond.

The charge stemmed from a report to police April 17 at about 6:30 p.m., according to the complaint. A woman reported that an apartment had been burglarized at Sherwood Park Townhomes, 1528 Hwy. 1 E. #105. Stolen were a 65-inch VIZIO TV, a backpack (containing a laptop computer and nursing textbooks), an Amazon Kindle, an Apple iPod or iPad (it was unclear from the complaint), Beats headphones, jewelry and a large amount of Posh beauty products.

The iPod was later tracked to the 500 block of State Ave. N. Police knew a man whose mother lived in the vicinity. Upon speaking to him, they learned that Mueller had given the man a TV and backpack matching those reported stolen.

In a photo lineup, three witnesses identified Mueller as the man they saw placing the TV in a vehicle. Mueller was later arrested at the man’s home along Red Lake Boulevard. At the time, he possessed a silver watch and neon green Beats headphones. They matched items stolen from the home.

Corey Daniel Lancto, 35, Oklee, was sentenced for felony fifth degree controlled substance crime. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison stayed for five years.

As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 90 days in jail with credit for 30 days served. Lancto was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. Lancto was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. He was ordered to complete all programming as recommended by probation, including cognitive behavioral programming, mental health programming and medication management. Lancto was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. Lancto was also ordered to pay $ 410 in fees and fines.

The charge stemmed from a traffic stop April 24 at about 11:39 p.m. on Highway 59. According to the complaint, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle being driven by Lancto’s wife, Chenni. She had crossed the centerline twice and the fog line once. When asked why she had crossed the lines, Chenni Lancto said they were having problems with the heater.

The trooper observed a small baggie on the floor of the passenger side of the vehicle. The passenger, Corey Lancto, handed him the baggie, which contained a white substance. Corey Lancto said he didn’t know what the baggie contained. It had a presumptive positive test result for methamphetamine.

Chenni Lancto said the car had been stolen earlier. The trooper then checked with a Thief River Falls police sergeant, who said the car hadn’t been reported stolen earlier. Both Lanctos said there was nothing else in the car. However, law enforcement found a wooden box in the trunk.

It allegedly contained a small metal bowl with a white residue. Inside the glove box, law enforcement found a small lock box requiring a code to open the box. Both Lanctos denied knowing what it was. Chenni Lancto said she didn’t know the code, but she gave permission for them to open it. It allegedly contained a glass pipe, scale and glasses case. Inside the case was a white crystalline substance wrapped in paper towel, a glass pipe and a folded straw.

The substance had a presumptive positive test result for meth and weighed about 7.5 grams. Both Lanctos were asked when they had last used meth. Both said March 20.

Leroy William Slininger, 37, Rochester, was sentenced for felony issuance of a dishonored check. A five-year stay of imposition was granted.

Slininger was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. He was ordered to pay $ 210 in fees and fines, and $ 8,500 in restitution. Slininger was ordered to complete gambling and diagnostic assessments. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample. Slininger was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives.

The charge stemmed from an Oct. 14 report from Border State Bank, according to the complaint. An employee said Slininger wanted to deposit an $ 8,500 check from his personal account at Soo Select Credit Union into his business account at Border State Bank.

The business account was assigned to 5 Star Overhead Garage Door and Supply LLC. Usually, the bank doesn’t process such a large check right away. However, an employee processed the check, giving Slininger $ 3,500 in cash and placing the remaining $ 5,000 in his business account. It was later found that the personal checking account had insufficient funds.

The police investigator learned that the deposit was made Aug. 29. After the deposit was made, numerous transactions were processed, including ATM withdrawals at Treasure Island Resort and Casino, and Shooting Star Casino. Three payments –two over $ 900 – were made at Jackpot Junction Casino. There were about $ 5,000 in deductions.

On Oct. 20, the police investigator called Slininger, who knew why she was calling. He said a Bemidji man was supposed to deposit $ 17,000 in his Soo Select Credit Union account. However, the deposit never occurred. Slininger thought the money had been deposited and wrote the check to his business account. He believed the man hadn’t deposited the money because he had apparently stolen a job from the man. When asked, Slininger was unable to answer why he hadn’t checked whether the deposit had occurred. He said he was on the way to “the Cities” to buy an enclosed trailer for $ 4,500.

Looking at the bank statement, the investigator said she could see that he had spent the money from the deposit. Slininger responded that he was traveling to Rochester for doctor appointments. Slininger said he planned to use the cash he had received from the bank to pay for the trailer. The investigator asked how he planned to purchase the trailer when he didn’t have enough money. The conversation then ended.

The investigator was unable to locate a Bemidji area contractor or garage door repair person with the name provided by Slininger. On Facebook, she found a man with that name who was formerly from Bemidji and now lives in Colorado.

Christian Leigh Hagen, 40, Thief River Falls, was sentenced for a felony charge of aiding and abetting a felony theft. He was granted a five-year stay of imposition.

Hagen was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. He was ordered to not trespass at Walmart in Thief River Falls or contact the victim. Hagen was ordered to have no contact with people associated with illegal drugs. He was ordered to complete a chemical assessment, take his medications in their prescribed dosage and frequency, and provide a list of his prescribed medications to his probation officer. Hagen was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. Hagen was also ordered to pay $ 360 in fees and fines.

The charge stemmed from a report to police April 2 at about 12:11 a.m., according to the complaint. Walmart employees allegedly saw the three people “working together as a team, putting items in bags, cutting off price tags, putting items in a cart and concealing the items.” The people were identified as Hagen, Brett Evan Anderson and Tanya Lynn Aery.

At one point, Anderson showed them how to remove the security tags. Police remained outside the store in the event the three of them left the building. About two and a half hours later, employees told police that Aery and Hagen were leaving the store without paying for merchandise. They were soon joined by Anderson, who paid for a few items. Police confiscated 256 stolen items totalling $ 1,250.78. Aery allegedly possessed a hypodermic needle containing suspected meth.


Chad Anthony Manderud, 20, Karlstad, has been sentenced for a felony charge of theft. Manderud was granted a five year stay of imposition. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail. Manderud was given credit for two days served. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Manderud was ordered to have no contact with people associated with illegal drugs. He was ordered to complete a diagnostic assessment. Manderud was ordered to take his medications in their prescribed dosage and frequency. He was ordered to obtain employment, and obtain and maintain health insurance. Manderud was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. Manderud was also ordered to pay $ 210 in fees and fines. The right to restitution has been reserved with the state having 30 days to file a certificate and the defense having 30 days to object.

The charge stemmed from a Nov. 13 report to police, according to the complaint. Someone, who was later determined to be Manderud, had jacked up a truck and stolen two tires and rims at The Shop. The stolen items were replaced with different tires and rims. The following day, there was another theft there. Two more tires and rims had been stolen off of the truck. The rims were $ 500 each and the four tires were $ 600.

Later that day, at about 8:55 p.m., another officer and a sergeant stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Third Street and Brooks Avenue. The vehicle had a similar description to the one provided by the officer who responded to the initial theft report. Manderud admitted that he had stolen the tires and rims.

Thief River Falls Police Report

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