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Forum staff reports, Published July 18 2012

Fargo man charged with multiple burglaries in Moorhead

MOORHEAD – A 24-year-old Fargo man accused of burglarizing four Moorhead homes since May was linked to the crimes after police assisting with

a probation search discovered stolen electronics, fishing gear and other items, court documents state.

Steven Joseph Monson was charged this week in four separate cases in Clay County District Court.

In total, he faces four felony burglary counts, one gross misdemeanor and three misdemeanor theft charges, and charges of identity theft and damage to property.

Three burglaries were reported on Lancaster Drive and the other on Chambers Avenue, all east of the Sunset Lanes bowling alley.

According to the complaint, Moorhead police assisted the state Department of Corrections with a probation search of a residence on Lancaster Drive on July 13. When they entered the home, Monson was in the living room.

Among the allegedly stolen items found were a fishing pole, an airsoft pistol, a laptop computer, a watch and jewelry.

The man on probation told police that Monson had been staying with him at the residence for about two days. He said Monson had brought the items to the residence, and he was pretty sure it was “stolen (stuff),” the complaint says.

Monson’s bail was set Monday at $25,000 cash or bond with conditions or $40,000 without. His next court appearance is Aug. 6.

Monson is currently on probation in North Dakota for previous convictions for assault and drug paraphernalia possession, the complaint states.