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Willmar teen pleads to amended charge in burglary case

WILLMAR -- Cody Lee Friese, 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of third-degree burglary for burglarizing and vandalizing a home in February.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from second-degree and three additional felony charges for theft, property damage and receiving stolen property will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 30. He agreed to pay restitution in the case.

The charges were filed after Willmar Police officers were called Feb. 6 to a home along Second Street Southeast. A person who had been watching the home for the resident, who was away, had noticed lights on and broken items in the home and had suspected Friese.

Missing from the home were items including a television, laptop computer and jewelry. Substances, determined to be tomato sauce, chocolate sauce and fingernail polish, had been thrown on the walls. The officer also discovered a burned matchbook on a bed, which appeared to have burned a hole in the comforter. In the kitchen, frozen meals, still cold, were found on the countertop.

Around 11:30 p.m. that day, police and ambulance personnel were called to the Viking Motel to respond to a suicidal person. The ambulance personnel had discovered Friese staggering, leaving a trail of blood from cuts to his arms and torso. He was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital. An officer attempted to interview Friese at the hospital, he declined.

Officers found a number of items in the room, including a television, computer parts, gaming systems and jewelry. Another man there said that Friese had brought them into the room.

The investigation, along with information from the resident of the home, guided officers to a local business where Friese had pawned three rings stolen from the home for $200. Local police also discovered that he had pawned or sold several items in St. Cloud.

The total value of items missing from the home was estimated at $6,477 and a total of $3,140 in damage was done to the home and property inside of the dwelling.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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