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Girl faces felony charge for breaking into ex-boyfriend's apartment and taking safe

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old Willmar girl pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of second-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into her ex-boyfriend's apartment and taking a safe that contained important papers.

Sylvia Jocelyn Caskey also appeared in Kandiyohi County District Court on misdemeanor charges of theft, property damage and trespassing. Judge Michael J. Thompson ordered that she abide by curfew, obey household rules, have no contact with the man or his residence and remain law-abiding. Her next appearance is Nov. 3.

According to the petition, Willmar police were dispatched to an apartment on the city's southwest side around 1:45 a.m. Aug. 8 to investigate a burglary.

The resident showed officers that cardboard next to a window air conditioning unit was moved and that he suspected someone had come through the window. A safe and container, with old coins, was missing. The man said the safe contained his Social Security card, passport, checkbook and a couple of prepaid cell phones. He also said Caskey's birth certificate was in the safe. He had left the apartment around 11 p.m. and returned to find the door unlocked. He suspected Caskey, as they had dated until the day before.

In an interview with police, Caskey said that the man wouldn't give her papers back, so she went into the apartment, gaining access onto the roof and through the window, to get her things. She said she took her Social Security card, birth certificate, pay stubs and other papers that were in the safe. She admitted to gaining access to the safe by throwing it across the floor.

She claimed she had given the man's papers back, but that he wouldn't take the safe back because it was broken. Officers recovered the safe from a home in the city, where Caskey said it would be.