Herald JournalHerald Journal, Feb. 2, 2004

Stolen property recovered

Police are asking for the public's assistance in returning thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise to its rightful owners.

Approximately $30,000 to $50,000 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered at a Glencoe residence when police executed a search warrant Jan. 21. It took six hours and a U-Haul truck to transport all of the stolen property, according to Glencoe Police Chief Jeff Cummins.

This property was stolen over a period of six months from five different counties ­ McLeod, Wright, Carver, Meeker, and Sibley.

In Winsted, several units at Cities Edge Mini Storage were broken into.

Other cities that experienced burglaries are Mayer, Norwood Young America, Glencoe, Howard Lake, Cokato, Dassel, and New Aubern.

"I think we've recovered all the evidence we could," said Glencoe Police Department investigator Tim Trocke. "The property we have in our possession is all we're going to find."

Trocke also added that the persons who are the rightful owners of the property need to come forward.

"Each person that is a victim is a burglary charge," he said.

There were a wide variety of things taken, and it appeared that the thieves had no clear plan or direct target.

"We need to build proof that it was stolen and from where," said McLeod County Chief Deputy Mark Taylor.

There are three suspects in this case, but no charges have been filed yet. All three suspects are from Glencoe and range in age from the early to mid-20s. Two are currently in McLeod County jail on charges stemming from an unrelated burglary.

Police encourage people who may have had property stolen from mini-storage units in these towns within the past six months to contact the Glencoe Police Department at (320) 864-5171, or the McLeod County Sheriff's Department at (320) 864-3134.

"We have a lot of stolen property in our basement," Cummins said. "We need to get it back to its rightful owners."

Police will not release property until the case is closed in court, however, still wish to speak with the rightful owners and have the property identified at this time.

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