Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Feb. 11, 2002

Local juvenile is held pending burglary charges

By Lynda Jensen

A Howard Lake juvenile is being held pending charges in connection with a string of midnight burglaries at Howard Lake Jan. 25.

The youth was observed in the act by Howard Lake Officer Lenny Keyes, and also found to be in possession of stolen merchandise.

About four or five juveniles are probably involved in the the burglaries, however the investigation is in progress, and no other details are available, Keyes said.

Charges of burglary, attempted burglary, theft, stolen merchandise, and attempted theft are expected to be filed, Keyes said.

"They would have kept going on forever until they were caught," Keyes said.

The burglaries left one dozen Howard Lake homes with valuables missing between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., when a burglar walked house to house, taking items, as he went, according to law enforcement.

Nevertheless, several residents expressed joy and relief upon receiving items back that they didn't think they would see again.

"I know that Officer (Tim) Sonnek worked on his own time to gather evidence and Sgt. Keyes did some good, old-fashioned police work to apprehend a suspect," commented resident Mike Mitchell.

The thief took cartons of cigarettes, a purse, which was later recovered, and a cell phone from the Mitchells.

The vast majority of stolen items were recovered, photographed, and released back to the owner, Keyes said.

Some stolen merchandise was also found in a ditch near the roadway after the burglaries.

Many people slept in their beds as the thief entered their homes, and helped himself to valuables, according to the sheriff's office.

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