A 21-year-old Northfield man was charged Tuesday with two counts of felony third-degree burglary and for fleeing an officer, in this case Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch.
The defendant, Logan James Ayotte, was arrested Sunday after allegedly breaking into a home, just outside of Remer. Ayotte also was charged in Cass County District Court with possession of stolen property.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Ayotte:
• A resident reported Sunday that someone was messing around with a vehicle at a neighboring cabin. The resident said that he yelled and the person disappeared. While a deputy was en route to the cabin property, the sheriff called on the radio that he had seen a suspicious person. The sheriff was heading to a second home where the homeowners reported that their garage had been entered and items had been moved around inside. The sheriff reported that he went back and located a man near the access of Little Sand Lake.
• Ayotte fled on foot after the sheriff identified himself and asked the man for his identification. Ayotte was ultimately apprehended and arrested. Ayotte was identified and several items were found on him, including a Polaris key.
• At the second home residence, a window was open on the garage and the homeowner stated that the window had not been left that way. The homeowner found a crowbar and hammer wedged to the side of a roll-up door. There were also items on the floor that had not been there previously. Some of the items had been spilled from a box on the rear of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that was parked in the garage. Boot prints up to and away from the garage were consistent with the boots worn by Ayotte.
• Ayotte told deputies that he had been at a third residence the night before and that the Polaris key that had been found in his possession had come from there. Contact was made with the resident, who stated that Ayotte had been there, was not welcome there now and that the key did not belong to him or come from his place.
• The deputy went to the cabin, the property that initiated the report, after being advised that there was a Polaris four wheel ATV there. The key found on Ayotte worked the ATV there. Authorities noted that it appeared that the cabin had been entered.
• Ayotte was transported to the Cass County Jail and when he was taken from the car at the jail, he was clutching a baggy containing blue pills in his hand. Ayotte stated that he did not know what the pills were but noted that they were prescription pain pills. He stated he obtained them from another male. A smaller baggy that he had also been holding contained yellowish residue.
• Ayotte was wearing a military parka that had a name on it. The deputy spoke by phone with the man, whose name was on the parka. The man stated that stuff had been stolen from his car while it was parked in Remer on the previous Wednesday. The man also stated that he is in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Ayotte’s next court appearance will be at 1 p.m. Monday in front of Judge David Harrington.