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19-year-old suspect in a series of Montevideo burglaries in custody

MONTEVIDEO -- A defendant who police had named as a suspect in a series of home burglaries last summer in Montevideo has been taken into custody.

Jordan Lee Downwind, 19, of Montevideo, is charged with two separate counts of burglary in the first degree for separate incidents, as well as felony theft, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Downwind made an initial appearance March 28 in District Court in Montevideo and returned for a hearing on Monday.

The court set bail at $125,000 wi-thout conditions at his first appearance.

A warrant for his arrest had been issued Oct. 13. Downwind had been named as a suspect in burglaries that oc-curred in homes where people were sleeping.

Court records show that there were 19 different home burglaries and break-ins to parked vehicles reported from July 28 to Oct. 12 in Montevideo.

Most were reported at locations within a few blocks of Downwind's residence in Montevideo at the time.

The complaints against Downwind allege he was responsible for two separate incidents last summer in Montevideo.

In one case, Montevideo police officers responded to a report on the morning of July 28.

A husband and wife woke up in their home and the man discovered that his wallet was missing from the pocket of his pants. He searched and discovered that two laptop computers and a radio/CD player were also missing from within the home, as were DVDs that were inside a vehicle parked in the garage.

Police subsequently executed a search at a residence where the defendant was residing, and recovered one of the missing laptop computers, along with a wallet-sized photo of the husband and wife whose home had been burglarized.

They also seized a bag containing 66 grams of marijuana, four wallets, an iPod charger, and a mini-screwdriver set and drill bit.

In the other complaint, police charge that a juvenile acquaintance was with the defendant on a date believed to have been Oct. 1, when he allegedly went into the lobby of a Montevideo apartment building.

He came out with what appeared to be mail and opened the envelopes.

He pocketed about $6 in cash and handed five checks to the juvenile, and told him to "hang onto'' them so he could cash them later, according to the complaint.

Officers recovered four checks from the juvenile suspect when placing him under arrest on Oct. 11. They were five rent checks totaling $1,485.

Court records show that Downwind has a previous conviction for first-degree burglary.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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