Two Charged In Pine County
A couple weeks back on the Sheriff’s Report, Robin Cole told our listeners about some arrests that were made after a Pine City homeowner discovered a burglary in-progress when he returned home in the middle of the day. The following is a press release on the two men who have been arrested and charged:
Two Adults and one juvenile have been charged with second degree burglary after their arrest by Pine County Deputies. Joseph John Wagner (32) of Landfall MN, Aaron Michael Giddings (25) of Maplewood MN, and an unnamed juvenile aged 17 from Pine County were arrested and charged pursuant to a Burglary spree that took place on April 10, 2012.
The Incident occurred during the lunch hour in the 400 block of Lake Ave. North in Pine City when a homeowner came home from work for lunch and encountered two males (Giddings and the Juvenile) in his living room holding a pry bar. The suspects fled out of the house on foot with the homeowner trying to follow as he called 911. The third suspect (Wagner) had made his way to another home across the street and forced entry into that home. Upon seeing his accomplices being chased, he stole the minivan from the residence he was in and fled at a high rate of speed.
Several PCSO Deputies were in the area in minutes and a witness pointed out the stolen minivan to one of the responding squads who attempted to stop the stolen minivan. The suspect driving the stolen minivan attempted to flee from the Deputy and a high speed pursuit took place on northbound Hwy 61out of Pine City. The suspect in the stolen minivan came to a stop near Eveready Rd. and surrendered to surrounding Deputies.
Other Deputies continued checking the area around where the 2 suspects fled on foot and eventually located the 2 suspects as they were trying to hide in yards and wooded areas on the north end of Pine City. Deputies investigating the burglaries found one of the suspects’ vehicle parked in the garage of the original burglary filled with tools, televisions, and property from the victims home.
The Pine County Sheriff’s Office cannot stress enough the importance of local residents calling 911 if they see suspicious activity or vehicles prowling their neighborhoods at any time of day or night.
POC for this is Chief Deputy Blackwell, 320-629-8380