The Duluth Police Department is using the information of this apprehension as a reminder to residents that there are ways to avoid being burglarized.  They also commend the neighbor who made the 911 call and continued to gather information that helped lead to the arrest.

On Monday, August 4th, just after midnight, Duluth Police were called to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 400 block of North 15th Avenue East.

The resident that made the call reported seeing two suspects described as a Native American male on a bike and a white female, coming in and out of her porch. Both had flashlights and were next seen going into another porch in the 1400 block of East 5th Street. Just prior to officers arriving in the area the suspects had left that porch and now both were on bikes headed south into a wooded area near a creek.

Officers arrived and located the female suspect who was identified as Sommer Danyell Thompson, a 29 year old female resident of Cloquet. The male suspect was not located. Thompson had stolen items from both addresses mentioned above.

Sommer Thompson did have several prior convictions in the state of Minnesota:

  • 2013 – Felony Theft
  • 2012 – Misdemeanor Theft (2 separate charges) & Shoplifting
  • 2011 – Misdemeanor Theft
  • 2010 – Felony Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Tamper with a Motor Vehicle & Misdemeanor Theft
  • 2009 – Felony Receiving Stolen Property and 4 separate charges for Misdemeanor Theft
  • 2008 – Receiving Stolen Property, Fleeing Police, False Name to Police, 4 Misdemeanor Thefts
  • 2007 – Misdemeanor Theft and Hit & Run

Sommer Thompson was transported to the Saint Louis County Jail and has been formally charged with 1st Degree Burglary and 2nd Degree Burglary. If anyone has information about this case they are asked to contact the Duluth Police Department Property Crimes Unit at 218-730-5160.

The Duluth Police Department would like to remind citizens that both of these cases involved suspects entering unlocked front porches and stealing items inside. Residents are encouraged to lock their porch doors. Of further note, this was another example of a resident that took note of what was happening not only at her house, but continued watching the suspects and gave valuable information to 911 which led to one of the suspects being arrested for both the burglary of her house and that of her neighbors.