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Two charged in burglaries

By Staff | Apr 13, 2011

Two people have been arrested in connection with recent burglaries in Estherville.

According to a report from the Estherville Police Department, the department began taking reports of burglaries of garages and cars at numerous locations throughout the city on Thursday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. The victims reported thefts of fishing poles, car stereos, small electronic devices and small amounts of money.

During the investigation, officers spoke with two witnesses that had not only observed a suspect in their vehicles on Saturday April 9, but they also were able to capture and identify the suspect. The witnesses later reported to police the name of the suspect and provided a photo of the suspect involved in their motor vehicle burglaries.

The investigation continued as the suspect was located at his residence in Estherville. While conducting the investigation, officers were able to locate a large quantity of the items that had been reported stolen from the victims. Following the investigation, officers placed Andrew Brackins, 21, of Waterford, Mich., under arrest. Brackins was placed in the Emmet County Jail and charged with 14 counts of burglary in the third degree. A female suspect was also arrested and placed in jail. Amber Zortman, 19, of Estherville was charged with six counts of burglary in the third degree.

Brackins and Zortman both remain in the Emmet County Jail with a bond of $16,250 cash or surety on each of them.

The Estherville Police Department thanks the witnesses-without their assistance, this case would have been much more difficult.

The police department reminds citizens to lock up all of their vehicles and valuables. This is the time of year that property crimes seem to increase and police encourage everyone to protect themselves by simply locking things up.

The police department also reminds citizens to call the police department if they see anything suspicious or encounter someone breaking the law. Approaching and confronting suspects can be extremely dangerous, and law enforcement officials prefer that if you see something to call first, get a good description of the suspects or vehicles, and get the last known direction of travel. Call 911 or 712-362-3515 to report any criminal activity.