Rash of burglaries connected to 2 suspects
Crow Wing County was hit with a rash of burglaries in 2017 and authorities have now attributed most of them to two suspects--one currently in custody and another with a warrant out for his arrest.
Crow Wing County was hit with a rash of burglaries in 2017 and authorities have now attributed most of them to two suspects-one currently in custody and another with a warrant out for his arrest.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office arrested 37-year-old Charles Weber of Milaca Friday, and he was charged with second-degree burglary Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd.
Capt. Scott Goddard of the sheriff's office said Weber was arrested in connection with a string of burglaries and thefts-at least 10-that took place in December in the Trommald/Riverton area. Weber currently has charges pending from another rash of burglaries this past summer in the Emily area. Weber, who is a convicted felon, has an extensive history of related crimes in and around Crow Wing County, the sheriff's office reported.
Weber is in Crow Wing County Jail on $200,000 bail without conditions. His next court hearing is scheduled Monday.
The other suspect, Owen Swenson, 32, Pine River, was arrested Dec. 24 and later charged in Crow Wing County with 14 counts of mail theft. The theft of mail and burglaries were in Fifty Lakes and northwestern Crow Wing County. Swenson posted bail Dec. 30 and was released from jail. The Cass County Sheriff's Office Monday issued a felony warrant for Swenson.
Anyone with information on Swenson's whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 218-829-4749.
"We are asking everyone to be vigilant in securing their property," Goddard said. "If you have a neighbor who is gone for the season, keep an eye on their residence to make sure it is secure."
Goddard is concerned there may be other homes that have been burglarized but have not been reported. He said there was a home in Irondale Township where the homeowners were gone and it was burglarized. The suspects left the door open and the water pipes froze, causing major damage. Goddard said the homeowners will need to spend a lot of money to fix the damage.
The sheriff's office also encourages residents to use motion lights along with security and trail cameras to assist in protecting their home, which will also assist authorities in a case if the home is burglarized.
"This is frustrating for us as we have had a number of burglaries this past summer and in December," Goddard said. "This is a great burden for us and disheartening to see. Our investigators will be tied up for a number of days on working the burglary cases."
The sheriff's office encourages the public to call 911 or the sheriff's office if they see anything suspicious.