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WPD has evidence in burglary cases

Chief Bruce Uselman of the Wadena Police Department said Monday that the WPD has evidence related to the string of burglary cases reported last month. Uselman said the evidence is currently being analyzed by the crime lab at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but he could not describe the specific nature of the item or items being analyzed out of concern for the ongoing investigation.

“Typically, whenever we have burglaries, thefts of any significance, we look for any physical evidence that might been left behind,” Uselman said.

There have been no arrests made yet in the cases. Uselman was not aware of any new burglaries that had happened within the WPD’s jurisdiction.

The Pioneer Journal office had a scare Saturday when employees discovered damage to the rear door as the result of an apparent break-in attempt. The keypad-controlled door leads to the PJ’s loading bay and is accessible from an alley behind a row of businesses on Jefferson Street. According to the WPD’s report on the incident, the plastic covering of a window on the door had been lifted and two screws were missing.

No items were taken from the loading bay and it appears the break-in was unsuccessful. The window has been replaced, and extra security measures are in effect as a result of the break-in attempt.

If readers have information on this incident or any of the burglaries previously covered, they are encouraged to contact either the WPD at (218) 631-7700 or the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 631-7600.