NOKAY LAKE -- A homeowner interrupted a burglary at their property in the middle of the night, and although the suspects attempted to flee, authorities caught up with them.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 12:44 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, placed by a resident on the 15000 block of Nokay Lake Lane in rural Brainerd. The caller reported people were actively breaking into a garage on the property. The homeowner yelled at the suspects, who then left the property in a vehicle.
Deputies responded and a short time later located and stopped the suspect vehicle, which then fled. A chase ensued until the suspect vehicle was stopped in Riverton and all occupants fled on foot. Two suspects -- a 30-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, both of Brainerd -- were apprehended a short time later and were transported to the Crow Wing County Jail. The sheriff’s office reported it believes other suspects are involved, and the investigation continues.
“Thankfully this incident ended without anyone getting hurt,” Sheriff Scott Goddard stated in a news release. “Anytime someone breaks into a building where people are present causes significant concern. I would ask that citizens check their properties in the Nokay Lake area to ensure there are not any other burglaries these suspects may have committed. I am also thankful to my deputies for the quick response and diligent efforts to locate and apprehend these two suspects.”
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office asked people to report any suspicious activity by calling 218-829-4749, 911 when necessary, or send an anonymous tips via text message from a cellphone by texting keyword TIPCW and a message to 847411 (TIP411). The sheriff’s office also has a surveillance camera list that residents can sign up for on a voluntary basis. These tools all help to keep the community safer by discouraging criminal activity, the sheriff’s office stated.
Assisting deputies in this investigation was the Crosby and Brainerd police departments and the Crow Wing County Drone Team.