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Four males arrested following Alco burglary

By Staff | Jul 15, 2009

Four men were arrested following a burglary at the Alco story on Saturday.

According to an police report, on July 11 at 12:26 a.m., the Estherville Police Department was dispatched to a burglar alarm at 2402 Central Ave., Alco Store. Officers responded to the scene and observed four male suspects.

The suspects then attempted to flee the area on foot. Officers were able to immediately take one of the suspects into custody and observed the others flee into a nearby mobile home park.

Officers from the Estherville Police Department and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department conducted a search of the area. K-9 Max tracked the suspects to a mobile home located inside the park.

Officers confronted the suspects and transported them to the law enforcement center. Officers on the scene also collected evidence at the store that indicated that the suspects had attempted to make entry into the building by more than one door.

The Estherville Police Department then made application and was granted a search warrant for a mobile home located at 2302 3rd Avenue South Lot No. 55. Officers were able to gather more evidence at that location.

Following the investigation, officers filed charges on four individuals. Two male juveniles, 15 and 17, as well as 20-year-old Joel Espinoza of Estherville were taken into custody and charged with attempted burglary.

Another 13-year-old male juvenile was taken into custody and charged with attempted burglary and possession of burglar’s tools. The male juveniles were referred to the Emmet County Juvenile Court Services Office and transported to Youth Emergency Services Center in Cherokee. Espinoza was placed in the Emmet County Jail the following day on a warrant for his arrest.

Captain Brent Shatto would like to thank the officers for their excellent work in this investigation, as well as the assistance of the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department. The officers responded promptly and took care of this situation in an efficient manner. “K-9 Max is again to be commended for his ability to not only locate controlled substances in other criminal cases, but to track suspects as well.”