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Overnight crime wave hits Emmet

By Staff | Aug 8, 2009

While on patrol in Emmet County, Sheriff Mike Martens discovered a Kum & Go vehicle fully engulfed on 375th Avenue. The driver was not harmed in the incident. EDN photo by Lane Laidig

A rash of crime hit Emmet County overnight as five businesses were burglarized in Gruver and Ringsted.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Department received the first call at 4:45 a.m. on Friday from Great Lakes Coop in Gruver. Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens said it was determined by the deputy through his investigation, the perpetrator(s) forced entry into the office and stole cash.

The deputy was still on scene when the second call was received regarding another burglary. The caller told the dispatcher money was stolen from Harold’s Cafe in Ringsted.

The sheriff said, “While the cafe burglary was being investigated, three more burglaries were discovered in Ringsted by my department including the Half-Time Bar and Grill, the Shere Beauty Salon and Deb’s Creative Cuts and More. In each case, entry was forced into each business. During these investigations, Andrew Eisenbacher, 19, of Fenton, was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant issued in Kossuth County for an unrelated offense.”

The investigation into the five burglaries is ongoing. Martens encourages anyone having information to call the sheriff’s office at 712-362-2639.

At about 8:18 a.m. Friday, the sheriff was on patrol and discovered a vehicle on fire north of Estherville, about 1 mile on 375th Avenue. The Estherville Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. For a time the roadway was closed to traffic while firefighters battled the blaze.

The vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet registered to Kum & Go LLC of West Des Moines, was completely destroyed. Damage to the truck is estimated in excess of $60,000.

The driver of the vehicle reported smoke in the cab of the truck and pulled over. He was escaped the vehicle and was unharmed.

The sheriff’s department received assistance at the scene from the Estherville Police Department, Iowa State Patrol and Emmet County Emergency Management Office.