Miller sentenced in burglary spree
A Minnesota man who was involved in a string of burglaries and thefts throughout the area has been sentenced to prison.
Michael Orlando Miller, 37, Bayport, was sentenced last Wednesday (Feb. 11) to five years in prison and five years' extended supervision on a felony conviction of one count of receiving stolen property. An additional 42 counts of theft and burglary were read into the record for restitution and dismissed.
St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Lundell ordered Miller to pay $364 in costs and fines and $89,960 restitution. Conditions of his extended supervision included absolute sobriety, no use of computer, no use of rental properties, and he cannot venture on the property of any storage facility unless approved by an agent.
Miller was implicated in burglaries over a period from 2001 to 2008. He was charged after a search warrant was conducted at a Carefree Storage unit in Hudson in January 2008. Investigators found a number of items that had been reported stolen in Bayport, Minn., and Hudson.
Officers later recovered items reported stolen in River Falls, the towns of St. Joseph, Hudson, Warren and River Falls after search warrants were conducted on Miller's residence and a storage unit in Bayport.
St. Croix County Sheriff's deputies apprehended Miller in Bayport when he attempted to ship a stolen tool at the Hudson UPS store to a potential buyer after advertising the item on eBay. The arrest led to the search warrants. Miller also lived in the town of Hudson at one time.
Sheriff's investigator Jim Mikla said a victim recognized the roofing tool on eBay and contacted authorities.
On Feb. 7, 2008, the sheriff's department held an "open house" to display more than 100 items taken in the burglaries so victims could identify their property.