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Update: Thomson Twp. Burglary Suspect Charged

Posted at: 01/25/2013 11:59 AM
Updated at: 01/25/2013 5:48 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

William LushenkoA Hibbing man was charged Friday afternoon for allegedly burglarizing a Thomson Township home Thursday. Authorities say he is also responsible for other burglaries in the area.

According to a criminal complaint, William Peter Lushenko, 44, has been charged with First Degree Burglary, Third Degree Assault, Interference with an Emergency Call - which is a gross misdemeanor - and Misdemeanor Receiving Stolen Property.

Investigator Dan Danielson, with the Carlton County Sheriff's Department, said the homeowner found Lushenko inside his home around 12:10 p.m.

The complaint said "the homeowner informed officers that he was in his basement when he heard a faint knock on his front door. A short time later he walked upstairs and found Lushenko in his daughter's bedroom."

The complaint also said the homeowner "called 911 and Lushenko began punching him. The homeowner was able to hold Lushenko down until officers arrived. Lushenko admitted to entering the home and also admitted to having stolen license plates on his truck which had been reported stolen out of a home in Hibbing."

The homeowner may have broken his hand during the altercation with Lushenko, according to the complaint.

A bail hearing is scheduled for Monday morning, according to the Minnesota Courts website.