AUSTIN, Minn. – A burglary in north Iowa has led to charges against three Minnesota men in what authorities are calling a multi-county theft ring.
During a burglary late last week in Mitchell County, Iowa, the license plate of a suspect vehicle was captured on surveillance video. The license plate was traced to a man in Brownsdale, Minnesota. Mower County authorities executed a search warrant at the man’s home on July 26, and reportedly found thousands of dollars of tools believed to have been taken in recent burglaries around the region. Mower County Sheriff ,Terese Amazi says the amount of tools, mini-bikes and other recovered items was “unbelievable”. Sheriff Amazi also says she expects the investigation to go beyond Mower and Mitchell counties.
Three people are currently facing charges in this case in Mower County. 34-year-old Shane Thomas Rose of Brownsdale is charged with four counts of being a felon convicted of a violent crime in possession of a firearm. 40-year-old Troy Arthur Leeper of Rochester, MN, is accused of 5th degree drug possession and being a felon convicted of a violent crime in possession of a firearm. 30-year-old John Charles Dehoff of Rochester, MN, is charged with 3rd degree drug possession, having 3 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. An initial appearance for all three is scheduled for August 7.
The Mower County Sheriff’s Office says a fourth suspect has been arrested but that person had not been charged when this article was written.