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Three arrested in connection to Marshall, Minn., gun burglary

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

By Erin Trester

Forum News Service

WORTHINGTON — Three people have been arrested in conjunction with an Oct. 29 burglary in Marshall.

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As a result of a routine traffic stop on Sunday, the Worthington Police Department arrested Michele Lopez and Julio Hernandez, both of Worthington, and a 17-year-old Estherville, Iowa, resident.

The burglary involved a vehicle that had been stolen in Worthington and later used to crash through the front of Borch’s Sporting Goods, Marshall. Firearms were stolen from the store in that incident.

Lopez and Hernandez have each been charged with possession of a pistol, possession of stolen property and possession of a pistol without a permit. In addition, Hernandez has been charged with receiving stolen property.

The juvenile is charged with possession of stolen property, possession of a pistol without a permit and possession of a firearm by a person under 18.

During the routine traffic stop, an officer noticed suspicious behavior from the passengers, performed a protective pat-down and discovered a Taurus PT-809 9mm handgun in the waistband of Hernandez’s pants. The vehicle was searched for additional weapons, and three other firearms were located.

A Glock 19 9mm handgun was found under the driver’s seat and a Springfield XD .40-caliber handgun was found in a backpack in the back seat.

It was confirmed later by Nobles County dispatch that all three handguns were stolen from Borch’s Sporting Goods store.

Charges have yet to be filed in regard to the stolen vehicle.

This case remains an open investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Worthington Police Department at 507-295-5400 or the Marshall Police Department at 507-537-7000.

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