A lifelong offender with nearly five dozen convictions, including over two dozen felonies, was arrested on a new warrant over the weekend related to the thefts of three vehicles.
James Allen Hage, 37, has a criminal record with at least 53 convictions stretching back to the age of 18. And just about half of the convictions are felonies.
Most of Hage’s convictions involve theft or possession of stolen property including auto thefts. Hage’s other convictions include burglary, financial card fraud, narcotics, damage to property and trespassing as well as traffic offenses that include several convictions for driving after revocation.
Hage was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 15 on a felony warrant and is charged with three counts of motor vehicle theft.
The charges state that on Nov. 27, surveillance video showed an individual, later identified as Hage, stealing two U-Haul vehicles from a business in Coon Rapids. The criminal complaint says Hage removed an after-hours key drop box that contained keys to the vehicles before stealing them.
The charges also state that Hage and an unnamed accomplice returned to the same business on Dec. 15 and rented a U-Haul van for 24 hours with a fraudulent credit card. Hage did not return the vehicle within 24 hours, and as of Jan. 11, the vehicle had not been located.
Hage is also a suspect in several ongoing stolen U-Haul truck investigations and has another open U-Haul theft case in Anoka County, according to the charging document.
Hage was just arrested on a felony warrant in that case on Dec. 30. After making his initial court appearance, Hage was granted a public defender and was conditionally released with zero bail required by Judge Todd R. Schoffelman, despite Hage’s lengthy record of arrests and convictions.
Hage has other open cases and is currently wanted on a warrant out of Goodhue County on a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle. Hage has failed to appear at scheduled hearings numerous times in that case. Hage is also charged with three felonies in a Hennepin County case involving possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property and narcotics.
Hage is currently not in custody. He was allowed to post a $10,000 bond on the date of his Saturday arrest and was released the same day without going before a judge. The court record states that Hage will have a bail hearing on March 7, despite the fact he’s already posted bond and was released from custody.
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