Multiple felony charges have been filed against 23-year-old Thomas Ernest Mattinas III for alleged burglaries, theft and receiving stolen property.
On Sept. 30, deputies responded to Klejeski Road in Sandstone based on reports of a stolen 2003 green Chevrolet Silverado. A silver 2003 Pontiac Grand Am was left in the driveway of the residence. This vehicle was later discovered to have been stolen from Duxbury Road previously.
On Kobmagergade in Askov a Kia Sedona was reported stolen later that night from an alley behind Kettle River Pizza.
On Oct. 1, an ATV was reported stolen from a garage on Duxbury Road. Close to this time, Mille Lacs Tribal Officers responded to a call on Grace Lake Road where the ATV was recovered and a Chevrolet 2500 truck was reported stolen. The truck was used to ram the gates on the fence around the property damaging it.
Mattinas was seen earlier in the Lake Lena area by several witnesses driving four different vehicles, including a silver Dodge Charger. Mattinas was also seen parked near the spot the ATV was recovered.
At about 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, deputies responded to Guvenorsevej in Askov based on the report of a burglary. The residents reported that the keys to their two vehicles, a 2001 maroon Buick LeSabre and a 2014 silver Dodge Charger, along with a backpack containing identification and credit cards of one of the residents were taken from inside the building and the two vehicles stolen.
The stolen card was used for several purchases. One of these was at a local gas station for cigarettes. Surveillance video at the station appeared to show Mattinas using the card.
Robert’s Excavating in Askov reported that a 2017 Ford Super Duty was stolen from the west side of their lot on Sept. 30. While speaking with investigators the 2017 Ford was recovered on Duxbury Road stuck in the mud behind the Kia Sedona that had been previously reported stolen. It appeared that the Ford was used to try and pull the Kia out of the mud. This location was a few hundred yards away from where the stolen ATV was recovered.
Mattinas was taken into custody, and allegedly admitted having been involved in the thefts.
According to the complaint Mattinas faces 13 criminal charges, including eight felony counts of receiving stolen property, each with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000.