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Forum News Service, Published March 22 2014

Duluth man arrested for burglary 10 days after being released from prison

A 28-year-old Duluth man has been charged with breaking into a downtown Duluth residence just 10 days after being released from prison for a previous crime.

James Lee Berry was charged Friday in state district court in Duluth with 1st degree burglary and 4th degree criminal damage to property, said Duluth police spokesman Jim Hansen.

Authorities said a woman called 911 at 3:56 p.m. Wednesday to report that someone had broken into her home in the 300 block of West Fifth Street by breaking a door. The suspect eventually fled, but Berry was arrested just a few blocks away and a few minutes later, matching the description the woman gave.

He remains in the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth.

Duluth police said Berry had been out of state prison only 10 days after a 2012 conviction for felony burglary and receiving stolen property.

In addition, police said, Berry has past convictions including:

2011 — felony forgery, wrongfully obtained assistance, fleeing a police officer and disorderly conduct

2010 — trespassing and disorderly conduct

2009 — felony manufacturing/selling/transferring a non-controlled substance as a narcotic

2007 — felony terroristic threats, possession of a firearm by a felon, violation of an order for protection and disorderly conduct

2006 — disorderly conduct

2003 — 5th degree sale of controlled substance and disorderly conduct