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St. Paul Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Garage Burglaries at East-Metro Apartment Buildings

A career criminal with 15 prior felony convictions was given a five-year jail term on Tuesday for the seven burglaries she carried out last year across Ramsey County.

Daniel Thomas Labarre, 34, of St. Paul, and the prosecution reached a plea deal in April. The prosecution agreed to drop six other charges and not pursue an aggravating durational departure from the statutory 10-year maximum sentence in return for the defendant pleading guilty to seven counts of second-degree burglary.

Labarre was mandated to make an undisclosed amount of reparation payments to his victims by Ramsey County District Judge Kellie Charles. He will be awarded 294 days for time already spent in jail.

According to the criminal complaint, the break-ins occurred between April and September at underground apartment complex garages in Little Canada, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Paul, and White Bear Lake.

A suspected accomplice, 39-year-old Jamie Marie Nash, is being held without bail at the county prison and is facing a number of burglary-related charges in court.

The two allegedly used a criminal complaint filed on October 25 to obtain entry to the garages and steal goods from moving cars. They occasionally looked at door knobs. They occasionally broke windows. They stole the cars a couple times.

Police said that during one of the break-ins, an Apple watch was taken, which the owner was able to locate in a camper parked behind a house on Belland Avenue in White Bear Lake. Police were able to positively identify Labarre and Nash on September 19 despite the fact that they weren’t at home because of a search order and various video surveillance cameras that had recorded their photos.

A guy claimed that his car had been broken into while it was parked in Roseville on September 21. His wallet and iPhone were taken.

One of the man’s credit cards had been used at Best Buy, and the police were informed. Video taken inside the store saw Nash and Labarre using the stolen card to make $1,599 worth of items before driving away in a minivan.

On September 26, that vehicle was discovered outside a motel in Eagan. They phoned the police. Labarre attempted to flee but was apprehended. He and Nash were both sent behind bars.

Labarre made an appearance on Tuesday through Zoom from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, where he has been a temporary inmate ever since his plea. He expressed regret to the judge and promised to “start again” when he was released from prison.

Labarre was questioned by Charles about his preferred line of work. He identified himself as a welder and stated he would like to go to his mother’s home for “fresh scenery, new activities.”

I want my life to be different, he declared. I’ve gone through the system far too frequently, and I’m sick of getting the same result each time.

The judge said, “This was a fairly remarkable criminal spree,” adding that the victims felt violated. “Due to this, you’re serving a sizable portion of your sentence in prison.”

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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