Albert Lea police investigating string of burglaries

Published 8:20 pm Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Law enforcement officers are investigating several burglaries that reportedly took place Monday around the time of a funeral for a prominent Albert Lea man.

Burglaries were reported in the following places in Freeborn County:

A home was reported broken into and items gone through at 8:50 a.m. Monday at 1720 Bay Oaks Drive. Forced entry was reported through the side of a garage. Gold cufflinks were reported taken.

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A house was reported burglarized at 1:19 p.m. Monday at 319 Willamor Road. A jewelry box was gone through.

Drawers were reported gone through and jewelry taken at 1:38 p.m. Monday at 18255 U.S. Highway 69.

Albert Lea Deputy Director of Police J.D. Carlson said though he can’t confirm the burglaries were connected to the funeral, there are indications they were.

The burglaries took place around the time of memorial services for Arnold Stadheim, founder of Stadheim Jewelers in downtown Albert Lea. Memorial services were at 11 a.m.

A possible connection with a Mason City incident is being investigated.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is advised to contact Albert Lea police at 507-377-5215. 

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