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Pine County Sheriff’s Still Looking For Two Suspects

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 7:17 am

Pine County Sheriff Mark Mansavage says that two suspects remain unidentified and at large in connection to the theft of an automobile on Monday, Sept 13 in Pine County.

According to a press release from the Pine County Sheriff’s Department, on Sept. 13 at approximately 7:49 a.m., the Pine County Sheriff’s Office received a burglary complaint from a residence on Beach Road in Brook Park. The caller reported that there was a suspicious vehicle in their yard and someone inside their pole shed. Two suspects left the pole shed with the complainant’s 2007 Shelby Mustang and one left with the suspect vehicle, a silver and green Dodge Stratus-license number PDX916.

At approximately 8 a.m., the stolen Mustang was located by a Pine County Investigator as it went north on Brook Park Road and turned west onto Sod Road. The Mustang fled and ended up in the ditch just west of the Burlington Northern railroad tracks on Sod Road. Both suspects took off into the woods.

Pine County officers and their K-9 unit responded to help with the search. The Minnesota State Patrol along with Minnesota Conservation Officers from Kanabec, Isanti and Pine assisted with a helicopter and all-terrain vehicles. Kanabec County officers and another K-9 unit from Chisago County also assisted in the search.

At approximately 12:46 p.m. hours, nearly five hours later, the Pine City Pioneer reports that one male suspect, Patrick James Modtland, age 37, was apprehended in a field approximately one mile west from the ditched stolen vehicle. The other two suspects remain at large. One suspect is described as an older male, age 50, with a full beard and wearing a dark baseball cap and dark shirt while the other suspect is believed to be 16 – 20 yrs old, wearing a dark baseball cap and dark shirt, long curly hair.

Mansavage told WCMP that Modtland isn’t cooperating with the officials and that the names of the other two individuals have not been ascertained. Sheriffs are continuing the investigation, and are trying to secure a warrant.

If anyone has any information regarding the two suspects at large, please call the Pine County Sheriff’s Office at 320-629-8380 or 320-629-8342.

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