ALBERT LEA --
Two Verizon stores in Mason City and Forest City were burglarized Tuesday night. Cerro Gordo County warned the Albert Lea Police Department, as they suspected the burglars could be headed in their direction.
The Albert Lea P. D. and the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office conducted surveillance at the three Verizon stores in the city.
Around 5 A.M., an officer watching the BeMobile Verizon on North Bridge Avenue store from across the street in the Raleigh's Ace Hardware parking lot spotted a white vehicle matching the description provided by Cerro Gordo County.
Raleigh's Ace Hardware service manager Layne Davis says he his glad the police caught the suspects before they completed the burglary, and they are welcome to use the business's parking lot to catch criminals any time.
"More power to them. If they want to do it, they can do it any time, " says Davis.
The suspects backed the vehicle up to the front door of the store and had a large rock with them when the officer approached the them.
The four male suspects are being transported to a secure facility. One of the suspects gave the police a false name and age, identifying himself as an adult, but has been determined to also be a minor. Two are from Minneapolis, one is from Eagan, and one is believed to be from Richfield.
The juveniles are currently facing 2 felony charges each for attempted burglary and posession of stolen property. The Albert Lea Police suspect the vehicle may be a stolen rental car. They are currently in contact with the rental company and hope to add additional charges for the posession of a stolen vehicle.
They are expected to have their first court appearance tomorrow.
A Rochester Verizon store was also burglarized last Thursday.
The Albert Lea Police say they will know more about if the attempted burglary is connected to the Mason City and Forest City burglaries once they receive a warrant to search the vehicle.
While Iowa and Minnesota law enforcement partnered to catch the suspected burglars, Minnesota will lead the investigation at this time.
"That's somewhat the difficulty right now; Doing state relations. So we're going to have first dibs on the individuals since we made the arrest... and everybody else will have to wait on our court process. So I'm sure Cerro Gordo and Mason City will be interested to see what happens with our process," says Albert Lea deputy director of police J.D. Carlson.
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