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Area bust solves local burglaries

By Staff | Apr 5, 2010

Stolen tools

A telephone call Friday night on March 26 to a Faribault County dispatcher turned out to be anything but routine.

The caller was reporting that persons allegedly were trying to steal wooden trusses located on private property.

When deputies Shane Dulac and Mark Purvis, and others responded to the call and apprehended the suspects, that set off a chain of events that led to some interesting and unexpected discoveries.

“Once we started interviewing the guys they began ratting on others. Telling us where we could find meth and stolen items,” says Sheriff Mike Gormley.

The information authorities were able to gather resulted in a search warrant that was executed on Saturday with the assistance from the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office.

Meth bag

Gormley says officials were expecting to find stolen items at the residence near Vernon Center.

The property was taken from recent break-ins of residences and businesses in the Delavan and Easton area.

“We have some burglaries and thefts from 2008, 2009 and 2010 that will be all cleared up with this,” says Chief Deputy Scott Adams.

Authorities found several items at the home that included power tools and jewelry.

Gormley says authorities also discovered a substance in a plastic bag that tested positive for methamphetamine.

He says the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant and seized a 1 ounce bag of meth, digital scales, small plastic bags, a global positioning system and nearly $1,350 in cash.Tera Marie Volk, 28, and Timothy Garth Hansen Sr., 48, each face felony counts which include first-degree possession of meth; first-degree intent to sell meth; possession of stolen property and child endangerment.

Gormley and deputies spent last week conducting searches at a storage garage in Mankato rented by Hansen. Three antique sleds were confiscated.

The searches netted authorities many items that have been identified by the owners.

“Guns, tools, furniture and carpentry tools worth thousands of dollars were recovered,” says Gormley.

Although Hansen and Volk have been charged in Blue Earth County with possession of stolen property, no decision has been made whether they will be charged in Faribault County.

Hansen appeared in court on Wednesday and his bail was set at $1 million with conditions or $2 million without conditions.

Volk’s bail was set at $200,000 with conditions or $400,000 without conditions.