Police: Duluth Man Burglarizes Home 10 Days after Release from Prison

Updated: 03/21/2014 3:02 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 2:59 PM

A Duluth man has been arrested and charged for allegedly breaking into a home on Wednesday afternoon, ten days after being released from prison.

According to police, officers responded to a burglary at a residence on the 300 block of West 5th Street at 3:56 p.m. They said initial investigation revealed that a 28-year-old female resident was home when she heard someone break in, run up her stars, then run out.

Police said they found the door frame was broken to gain entry into the home.

Within five minutes police said they located the suspect, 30-year-old James Lee Berry, at Mesaba Avenue and 7th Street. He was taken into custody.

Police said Lee has been charged with 1st Degree Burglary and 4th Degree Criminal Damage to Property. They said he has convictions in Minnesota dating back more than a decade:

  • 2003 - 5th Degree Sale of Controlled Substance, Disorderly Conduct
  • 2006 - Disorderly Conduct
  • 2007 - Terroristic Threats, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Violation of Order for Protection, Terroristic Threats, Disorderly Conduct
  • 2009 - Manufacture/Sell/Transfer Non-Controlled Substance as a Narcotic
  • 2010 - Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct
  • 2011 - Forgery, Wrongfully Obtained Assistance, Possession of Stolen Property, Fleeing a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct
  • 2012 - 2nd Degree Burglary, 2 counts of Receiving Stolen Property

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