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Three Carlton County burglary suspects arraigned

Three Carlton County residents suspected of burglarizing two Cloquet homes earlier this week were arraigned Friday in Carlton County District Court. Mallory Patricia Swanstrom, 19, Chad Patrick Staton, 18, and Devin Brady Haglund, 18, face five f...

Mallory Patricia Swanstrom
Mallory Patricia Swanstrom

Three Carlton County residents suspected of burglarizing two Cloquet homes earlier this week were arraigned Friday in Carlton County District Court.

Mallory Patricia Swanstrom, 19, Chad Patrick Staton, 18, and Devin Brady Haglund, 18, face five felony charges each including two counts of first-degree burglary and three counts of theft.

The trio allegedly entered and took electronic equipment, a purse, bicycles and a vehicle from two homes in the Erickson Acres neighborhood of Cloquet early Monday morning while residents were sleeping.

Police said they learned later on Monday that the suspects had used a stolen check card to purchase gas for the stolen van in Forest Lake, Minn., and two of them were caught on videotape.

Swanstrom, of Scanlon, was arrested Wednesday after Cloquet Police identified her in the videotape. Staton and Haglund subsequently were arrested, and Swanstrom led police to the vehicle, which had been left in a parking lot in Willow River.

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In addition to the charges in this case, Swanstrom also was charged Friday in connection with a burglary that took place June 25 in Cloquet. She is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of theft, all felonies. According to the complaint, Swanstrom and a juvenile entered a home on White Pine Trail knowing the owners were away, and took a television. They broke it while removing it and later threw the television in the woods near Esko.

Assistant Carlton County Attorney Nichole Carter argued for $100,000 bond in the first case and an additional $25,000 for Swanstrom in the second case. Carlton County District Judge Robert Macaulay granted $125,000 bond for Swanstrom and $100,000 each for Staton and Haglund.

Staton, of Cloquet, has a criminal history that includes convictions for property crimes. Carter said she also recommended the high bail because Staton and another co-defendant had reportedly sent each other text messages that discussed leaving town due to the media attention given to their case.

Swanstrom was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in February. She also has underage alcohol consumption convictions as well as one for property damage.

Haglund, of Esko, has no prior criminal history and Macaulay said he and Swanstrom could participate in a pretrial release evaluation which eventually could result in lower bail.

All three are scheduled to appear next in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Devin Brady Haglund
Devin Brady Haglund

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