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Burglary bungled

By Staff | Nov 14, 2008

It’s what happens when a burglar in action is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Unlucky for him, two patrolling Estherville Police officers were passing by as he was standing in doorway of the establishment at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.

Estherville Police Captain Brent Shatto said the officers were on patrol in the 10 block of South Seventh Street and noticed an open door at Carnicera Nayarit, a grocery store at the corner of Central Avenue and South Seventh Street.

They noticed grocery items on the sidewalk and a male suspect standing in the doorway of the establishment holding a number of items.

Shatto said that was when the suspect ran to the back of store and police created a perimeter around the building. A call for extra back-up was made. “A full building search was conducted by the officers and Canine Officer Max.”

Located inside the building was Jorge Centeno, 50, of Estherville. The suspect was taken into custody.

“He was charged with burglary in the third degree, a Class D felony, and possession of stolen property.”

A search warrant was also secured by police for a residence located at 4 N. Seventh St., Apt. 209 in Estherville. Additional items that had been removed from the grocery store burglary were secured.

The suspect was taken into custody and placed in the Emmet County Jail. He was later released on a $1,050 signature bond.

“The officers involved in this case deserve to be commended for their diligent efforts in protecting our community. All of the officers on scene who entered the building including Max are responsible for taking an individual into custody without serious injury to the officers and suspect,” Shatto said.