Morgan Clarence Grams, 34, was charged with attempted 2nd degree burglary of a dwelling after officers caught him and three juveniles in the vicinity of a home that had been broken into.
According to a complaint filed in Mille Lacs County, on Feb. 2, 2013, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported burglary on Eyota Way in Onamia.
A security officer in the area reported that he noticed a security light come on a residence. He observed two males at the home and then saw a vehicle parked on the road next to the driveway. Two females were in the car.
The Mille Lacs County deputy later located the vehicle in a ditch. The driver and passenger were minors.
The officer approached the house and discovered a glass door at the front entrance with the outside pane broken. He saw a large rock with scuff marks lying on the deck and two sets of foot prints.
The officer observed tracks that led out on to the lake. Two males were soon apprehended on the lake by North Central Drug Task Force officers.
One of the males, Grams, stated he was traveling with the juveniles from the Twin Cities area to visit a relative of one of the girls. Grams reported they were lost and needed directions.
Grams said he did not know who damaged the door window and that he ran when he heard the window break.
The deputies also spoke to the juveniles after reading them a Miranda warning.
The driver of the vehicle said they were all at the residence because they were lost while attempting to find the other female’s grandmother’s home. She said she left the residence because she was afraid.
The other girl said they were in the area to visit her grandmother, but then admitted they had come to the area to break into a house.
Deputies took a Mirandized statement from the second male apprehended on the lake. He said they had “messed up.” He also said that their intent was to rob the house and that Grams had broken the window, and when their vehicle left, they got scared and ran.