MADISON — A Wheaton man has been accused of being in possession of numerous items reported stolen from a locked storage unit in Dawson.
Carl Lee Burns Jr., 41, made his initial appearance Monday in Lac qui Parle County District Court on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. His next court date will be Sept. 30.
He was granted a public defender and is currently in custody of the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff. He’s held on $7,500 bail for release without conditions, and $3,000 with conditions.
Burns is alleged to have numerous household and electronics items at his home when it was searched by law enforcement authorities from Dawson, Lac qui Parle County and the Minnesota State Patrol.
The investigation began when a Dawson couple reported that their storage unit had been burglarized sometime in the two weeks before Sept. 9, according to court records. Their lock had been cut off the door, and a new lock was left in its place.
When the owners were able to get into the unit, they discovered a number of items missing. Several other storage units appeared to be missing locks, according to the criminal complaint.
The couple provided a list of items missing from their unit. The list included two large TVs, an Xbox, a Nintendo Wii, two guitars, a record player and jewelry.
The next day, the couple reported that someone had logged in to their Google account on one of the stolen TVs, and they provided an unfamiliar IP address to law enforcement, according to the criminal complaint. The IP address was tracked to a Madison home.
Authorities executed a search warrant Sept. 11.
In the home, officers found many of the items on the alleged victims’ list. They also allegedly saw many power tools and other miscellaneous items in the garage, according to the complaint. They also found things with other people’s names and addresses and several bolt cutters.
Burns was arrested after the search.
The Dawson-Boyd Police Department and Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with numerous other law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved burglaries and thefts.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or other crimes is asked to contact the Dawson-Boyd Police Department at 320-598 3720.