Two men have been arrested in connection with Olmsted County construction burglaries that happened during the summer and into fall.
On Saturday Sept. 29, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office of a burglary that occurred at a solar power site in rural Wabasha County. The vehicle they were seeking was also a suspected vehicle in the Olmsted County burglaries.
The suspect, Matthew Tlougan, 25, was tracked to an abandoned farm in rural Rochester. A search warrant was issued and officers spent five hours recovering stolen construction tools and equipment. Tlougan was taken into custody and was interviewed on Oct. 1.
"Based on information from the interview, we executed another search warrant on Valley High Drive where we found a second suspect leaving the property," Captain Scott Behrns said. At that time Justin Quam, 25, of Byron was arrested.
Authorities uncovered another large lot of stolen construction equipment. Behrns estimates the stolen property to be over $200,000 in value.
Victims of the burglaries will be contacted by the sheriff's office when all of the stolen items have been inventoried. "It's going to be a long process," Behrns said.