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Convicted Duluth burglar faces more charges

Duluth police arrested a longtime burglar and drug dealer allegedly in the midst of another burglary Monday evening, and when he was being booked into the St. Louis County Jail officers found a bag of methamphetamine inside his sock.

Michael Gerard Hanson

Duluth police arrested a longtime burglar and drug dealer allegedly in the midst of another burglary Monday evening, and when he was being booked into the St. Louis County Jail officers found a bag of methamphetamine inside his sock.

Michael Gerard Hanson, 55, of Duluth is being held on $25,000 bail after being charged in State District Court with second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of a controlled substance.

Hanson's criminal record is a long one, including:

  • Felony receiving stolen property
  • Possession of a pistol/assault rifle by a convicted felon
  • Five felony drug convictions
  • Felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Felony receiving stolen property
  • Felony burglary
  • Assault
  • Distribution of methamphetamine Hanson was released from federal prison six months ago and was on supervised release at the time of his arrest.

    According to the latest criminal complaint:

    Police responded to a residence on the 1800 block of Lester River Road about 11:30 p.m. Monday on a report that a woman interrupted a burglary in progress at her uncle's home.

    An extreme amount of damage was discovered inside the home. Sheetrock and plaster were ripped off walls and it appeared that copper wire was removed. Windows were broken. Belongings had been moved and placed near doors.

    The woman was able to record the license plate number of a vehicle leaving the residence.

    An officer spotted a station wagon with that plate number being driven by Hanson in the 2700 block of London Road and executed a traffic stop. The officer said Hanson admitted being on Lester River Road at what he called an abandoned house.

    The officer spotted an older chair, an antique sewing machine and other bags and boxes in Hanson's vehicle. The suspect didn't respond when asked about the items in his car. The homeowner identified the items as coming from the residence.

    A glass pipe containing a powdery residue, which tested positive for methamphetamine, was found in a black leather jacket in Hanson's vehicle. A head-mounted flashlight, hand-held flashlights, batteries, screwdrivers, wrenches, and cutting tools also were found in the vehicle.

    Hanson's next court appearance is scheduled for May 23.

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