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St. John’s Lutheran School targeted by thieves

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Police Reports

Some time in between 9 p.m. on Monday, October 21, and 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, someone broken into St. John’s Lutheran School in Wykoff, Minn. in an apparent effort to steal valuables. When Principal Karl Peterman arrived at the school on Tuesday morning, he found doorknobs lying on the floor in the hallways and classroom doors that were usually closed were left wide open. There was only one classroom in which the thieves were not able to enter, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Since every classroom door was locked, based on the damage to door frames and door locks, the thieves allegedly used pry bars to enter each room. “Numerous doors to classrooms and offices were broken, along with the door knobs and locks on the doors. A locked office desk and a safe were broken into and destroyed,” shared Peterman.

As Peterman began to realize the gravity of the situation, he began calling all 35 families served by the St. John’s Lutheran School to make them aware of what happened. Following his phone calls, he sent out a group e-mail to all of the families as they decided it would be best to close the school for the day.

Among the items stolen were a 55-inch big screen TV taken from the school’s computer lab, laptop computers, a camera, a number of small iPods, some cash and credit cards. While the estimated replacement cost of items stolen is upwards of $2,500, they do not yet know the total cost of repairing the doors to the classrooms.

Since St. John’s Lutheran School is directly connected to St. John’s Lutheran Church, it appears that the thieves entered the school from the church side. There are no clear indications of how the thieves entered the building. There was no damage to the church side of the facility.

At this time, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department is in the process of investigating the crime. And, according to law enforcement, there may be possible links to vandalism and robberies that took place in Spring Valley during the past few weeks. Pending investigation, no further information was made available, but some suspects were identified.

While one member of St. John’s Lutheran Church recalled that the church had been broken into in the past, he didn’t share when that was or how much damage had been done.

Peterman shared, “We have talked in the past about putting cameras in our halls. I am sure that this topic .....
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Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Money From Bank

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Police Reports

U.S. Dept. of Justice MINNEAPOLIS--On Wednesday, May 29 in federal court, a 64-year-old woman from the southeastern Minnesota community of Wykoff, Minn. pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $35,520 from the Security State Bank where she was ..... 
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