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Arrest made in theft cases

By Staff | Apr 23, 2008

Stolen property was recovered by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department which was aided by citizens and surrounding law enforcement agencies.

The recovered property was stolen during burglaries which were committed in Emmet and Clay counties during the last week. An arrest was made and more arrests are expected.

Emmet County Sheriff Larry Lamack said a rural residence in the Ingham Lake area was entered on April 7 during daytime hours and a number of items were missing.

This property included: a handgun, binoculars, jewelry, money, etc. Later that day a neighbor reported to county law officers a suspicious vehicle and two individuals had stopped by that same day. The neighbor ascertained a description of the vehicle and the pair to law enforcement.

He said another daytime burglary occurred on April 18, west of Estherville on County Road A22 between 1-6 p.m.

Taken were a computer, jewelry, $1,200 in cash and other items. Later that day, another county resident saw a suspicious vehicle at an abandoned farm site northwest of Estherville. The citizen got a good description of the individual, vehicle and license plate.

The physical description of the vehicle and individuals were identical to information received in the April 7 suspicious activity.

It was learned Clay County had a similar daytime burglary that same week.

Lamack was also in contact with the sheriff in Pocahontas County who said there are two individuals living in their county matching the description of the local suspects and vehicle.

On April 18, Emmet County Chief Deputy Mike Martens and Emmet County Deputy Kevin Olson executed a search warrant at 312 N.E. Fifth St. in Pocahontas for items stolen in Emmet County. They were assisted by the Pocahontas Sheriff’s Department and the Pocahontas Police Department.

The stolen items were recovered along with cocaine and drug paraphernalia. A suspect in the burglaries who lived at the resident was arrested and booked in the Pocahontas County Jail.

Information gathered at the search of the residence led law enforcement to a vacant farm in Palo Alto County.

Sheriff’s offices from Emmet, Palo Alto and Pocahontas conducted a search of that location and recovered stolen firearms and property from burglaries in Emmet and Clay counties.

As the investigation continued, a second search warrant was executed at 603 King St. in Emmetsburg. All three sheriff’s departments and the Emmetsburg Police Department executed a search warrant. More items were seized.

Presently Joshua Fridolfson, 29, of Pocahontas, is in custody in Pocahontas County Jail on possession of stolen property, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He will be charged in Emmet County on two counts of second degree burglary and also faces charges in Clay County.

Another individual from Emmetsburg is being sought for his involvement in the burglaries. Warrants will be issued for an arrest.

Also assisting previously mentioned law officers were the Emmetsburg Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

This success was the result of citizens being alert, reporting suspicious activity, providing good information and law enforcement working together.