Lake Elmo man convicted on theft-related charges

A Lake Elmo man was found guilty recently in 10th Judicial District Court of aiding and abetting theft in connection with an incident involving his neighbor’s boat.

The man, identified in court documents as James Robert Berrisford, was found guilty of taking a boat motor, gas can and a boat cover from his neighbor’s Yamaha fishing boat in May 2012.

Berrisford was sentenced to 19 months stayed for five years. He must remain law-abiding, submit to random testing, follow recommendations of a psychiatric evaluation, have no contact with victims and complete 200 hours of community service within four years.

Court documents said a witness called the Washington County Sheriff’s Office around 12:30 a.m. May 8, 2012, and reported two men removed items, including a boat motor valued at $4,000, from the boat and walked across the street to the four-plex where they lived.

Berrisford’s juvenile son, who was identified as helping steal the motor, reportedly walked out of the four-plex and saw the witness watching them. WCSO deputies went to the four-plex and executed a search warrant. The boat motor was found near the back entrance of the apartment building.

Inmate makes initial
appearance regarding escape

An inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater in Bayport faces one count of escape from custody after he fled from a Minneapolis work site earlier this year.

The inmate, identified in court documents as Lowan Laras Taylor, is accused of escaping from custody while under a Ramsey County no contact order. Documents said the incident occurred when Taylor was taken to a work-site in Minneapolis on Jan. 11. According to court records, Taylor was given permission to use the restroom and was discovered missing when he failed to return for a 10:55 a.m. count.

Taylor was reported as escaped to the Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit. On Jan. 15, the Fugitive Unit followed up on leads and found Taylor hiding in a closet at a residence in the 7500 block of Coleman Way in Inver Grove Heights.

Documents state that Taylor told investigators he intended to complete his sentence, but admitted walking away from the work detail, saying he could not mentally handle prison. Taylor also admitting cutting off his monitoring bracelet valued at $550.

Taylor has a supervised release data of June 16, 2014, and an expiration date of Dec. 14, 2014.