A man from Vadnais Height, Minn. has been charged with burglary of a building, criminal damage to property, and attempting to flee an officer after being arrested the weekend before Christmas.
Jonathon L. Laboda, 33, faces over 15 years in prison and possibly $45,000 in fines if convicted on both felony charges of burglary and attempting to flee an officer and the misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.
According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 22 around 8 a.m. the sherrif’s department was advised that there was a man wearing a ski mask inside Tesora’s Restaurant in Siren. The man was allegedly breaking into the cash machine located inside the restaurant.
The suspect drove off in what was described as a “gold colored minivan or SUV” and was headed north on Highway 35. Sheriff’s deputies then responded to the area.
When they located the suspected vehicle they activated their emergency lights and “the subject accelerated rapidly.”
The complaint goes on to say the suspected vehicle went through the ditch on Highway 35 and then sideways into the southbound lane of Highway 35.
The department received another call from a resident on County Road D who stated that the suspected vehicle had pulled into their driveway.
Deputies followed fresh tracks that led them to an empty gold colored SUV. The K-9 officer was then called to the scene. The K9 followed the scent east. Laboda was later found in a garage on Midtown Road and taken into custody. At that point Laboda told deputies that he had swallowed a bag of heroin.
Laboda allegedly had $2,930 in his pocket when he was arrested.
Officers spoke with Tesora’s owner, who indicated a safe containing $2,000 had been stolen and that approximately $900 was missing from the registers.
Laboda’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9 in front of Judge Melissia Mogen.