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Chase leads to additional theft, other charges

BEMIDJI -- A man who fled from police Friday morning and was taken into custody about 12 hours later is being held in jail on a parole hold and $25,000 bail for new theft charges after the discovery of stolen goods in the home in which he was found hiding.

James Adam Schummer, 27, was arrested Friday evening at a home in the 6000 block of Mac Court in Eckles Township, according to a press release issued by Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.

Also arrested were John Joseph Waslaski, 39, and Holly Marie Waslaski, 37, both of whom were booked on felony charges of aiding an offender to avoid arrest. John Waslaski was booked on additional felony charges of theft and fifth-degree drug possession. He was being held without bail Monday afternoon, according to an official at the Beltrami County Jail. Holly Waslaski was released Monday, but her bail amount was not immediately available.

Police secured a search warrant for the Eckles Township home and entered it Friday evening, Hodapp said. The trio was arrested without incident, and the execution of another search warrant resulted in the discovery of “thousands of dollars worth of stolen property at the residence.” Schummer was described by Hodapp as a “person of interest in a number of thefts and burglaries.”  

Sought by the Department of Corrections for violating his parole, Schummer fled from a sheriff’s deputy on an all-terrain vehicle Friday morning just outside of Wilton. He eventually crashed the ATV and ran on foot from the deputy.

Police will be in the process of contacting possible theft victims in regard to the property seized at the Eckles Township home, Hodapp said.

Schummer has a criminal history that includes felony convictions for fifth-degree drug possession, third-degree burglary and possessing a pistol. The convictions for drug possession and burglary came in 2007. That summer, Schummer was identified by police as an accomplice in a string of burglaries to the United States Department of Agriculture, 3217 Bemidji Ave. N. Stolen from the facility were laptop computers, digital cameras, digital projectors and cash, according to Pioneer archives.

John Waslaski’s criminal history consists almost entirely of traffic violations, according to court documents, but also includes a conviction for gross misdemeanor theft in 1993.

Hollie Waslaski has only a speeding ticket on her record, court documents showed.

Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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