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Three Arrested in Minn. Campground Burglaries

December 15, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Three people are now facing several burglary-related charges for a string of burglaries at a Minnesota campground last month.

The Mankato Free Press reported that investigators identified 23-year-old Tyler Thomas William Clayton of Mankato as a suspect in the burglaries after he pawned a television at a pawn shop Nov. 8. It was a Naxa brand television with a built-in DVD player, which was the same odd brand television that had been reported stolen by one of the burglary victims.

When detectives interviewed a man who lives at the residence where Clayton was staying, he identified two other possible suspects: 26-year-old Ricky Allen-Michael Northrup of Mankato and 22-year-old David Wayne Warden Jr. of Madison Lake. The man said Clayton, Northrup and Warden bragged about being involved in the burglaries after seeing news reports about them, according to more than a dozen criminal complaints filed this week in Blue Earth County.

Several victims reported their camper trailers had been broken into at the Lone Pine Campground, which is between County Road 48 and the east shore of Madison Lake. Items stolen included electronics, copper cords used to for electrical connections and aluminum from a boat lift.

An employee at metal recycling business reported Northrup had sold 32 pounds of copper to the business for $67 in October. He also reported Clayton had sold 221 pounds of aluminum for $22.

When Northrop was interviewed by a detective, he said he was sleeping in a car while Northrup and Clayton burglarized the campers. He reported the two men made several trips between the campground and the car, bringing back televisions, DVD players, electric cords and tools.

“Northrup stated that Clayton and Warden ‘freaked out’ when the story was aired on the news and they began dumping things,” one of the complaints said.

Clayton allegedly told investigators the burglaries were Warden’s idea and Northrup participated.

Clayton and Northrup have been arrested. Warden was not in custody as of Wednesday morning, but a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

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