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Brede facing three more charges in string of burglaries, thefts

WILLMAR — Jordan Anthony Brede was already facing 22 felonies for the burglary and theft of over $27,000 worth of tools and equipment from rural farm sheds and garages. Now, he's facing two more.

Brede, 23, of Kandiyohi, was charged Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court with felony third-degree burglary and receiving stolen property, as well as misdemeanor theft.

His original charges filed in January—the felonies, plus two gross misdemeanors, and three misdemeanors—stemmed from burglaries at 10 different properties over two months, most within a five-mile radius in rural Kandiyohi County. The stolen goods were pawned in Willmar and St. Cloud and sold on local "sell-and-swap" Facebook pages.

But in February, another man came forward to authorities. He said he had purchased several tools from Brede back in December: tools he now suspected were stolen.

Authorities say his suspicions were right.

In particular, an acetylene torch kit, worth $250, was matched with the Dec. 20 theft of such a kit from the 18700 block of 15th Avenue Southeast in Atwater, according to the criminal complaint on the charges.

The man also turned in a Stihl Quick Cut saw, reportedly purchased from Brede, that had its serial number sticker removed. A Kandiyohi County detective reportedly traced that saw to one stolen sometime between November and January from the 4100 block of First Street North in Willmar.

According to the criminal complaint, the man showed authorities messages sent back and forth with Brede to purchase the items. He also reportedly identified Brede in a photo lineup.

Brede has been in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail since January on $75,000 bail. If he were to post bail, his court-ordered conditions would include a ban from "Sell and Swap" Facebook pages.

His next court appearance is set for May 1.