A Vadnais Heights, Minn. man sat in court last week in an orange uniform with the “Burnett County Jail” printed on the back. He has been accused of burglarizing Tesora Restaurant in Siren back in December of 2018.
Jonathon L. Laboda, 35, was in court for a plea hearing involving three cases all stemming from three incidents in Burnett County. One of the cases revolves around burglarizing a bar in Webb Lake and two incidents in Siren – first was burglarizing Tesora’s and then fleeing law enforcement. The third was in regard to Laboda stealing a firearm from Blue Collar Sales & Services in Siren.
Laboda’s attorney, Ryan Reid presented the plea deal he and assistant district attorney Dan Steffen agreed to in front of Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Melissia Mogen.
Reid said that Laboda was pleading guilty to one felony count of theft of moveable property, one felony count of burglary of building or dwelling and one felony count of vehicle operator flee/elude officer.
Two counts of criminal damage to property and one felony burglary- arm self with dangerous weapon were dismissed but will be read in for sentencing purposes.
Reid also argued for Laboda to receive five years’ probation for the felony burglary charge, with an imposed/stayed sentence of 5 years of initial confinement and five years of extended supervision. Then one year of jail for the fleeing an officer charge. Reid’s agreement with Steffen stated they were seeking four years’ probation for the remaining felony charge of theft of moveable property – special facts.
Online court records show Laboda has open cases with multiple felony charges in Polk and Barron County. Earlier this month he was also charged with felony burglary and criminal damage to property in St. Croix County.
In court, Mogen asked to describe his actions on Dec. 22, 2018.
“I was burglarizing Tesora’s,” Laboda said. “Trying to take off, then a police officer tried pulling me over and I tried taking off from him.”
Mogen also asked him about the Blue Collar incident.
“Been involved in burglarizing,” Laboda said. “I was attempting to steal things they’re claiming I stole.”
According to the criminal complaint, in 2018 on Dec. 22 around 8 a.m. the sheriff’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.
Mogen ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be done and Laboda’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 10.