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Suspects in custody following Sunday morning thefts

MORRIS – On Sunday morning, the Morris Police Department responded to reports of property stolen from vehicles parked at Federated Church and Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, as well as a residence on Iowa Avenue.

By Sunday afternoon, two suspects in the thefts were in custody in Wilkin County. The suspects were stopped by officers with the Breckenridge Police Department while they trying to commit similar crimes, Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs said Tuesday. 

The Morris Police Department was alerted to the arrests when property from the Morris thefts was found in the suspects’ possession.

The suspects, one from the Elbow Lake area and one from near Paynesville, are in custody in Wilkin County and facing charges for attempted theft and possession of stolen property, Tiegs said. It is still not clear if the suspects have any connection to Morris.

Tiegs said the Morris Police Department is waiting to get information from officers in Breckenridge and to interview the suspects before submitting a report to the Stevens County attorney. 

“We think we’ll get most of the property back,” Tiegs said. Some property has already been returned, while most of the rest is still in Wilkin County.

Tiegs added that it is nice to know that there is not a burglar still out in the Morris area.