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Ex-Alexandria, Minn., police chief arrested on felony theft charges

Richard Wyffels, 57, was taken into custody Friday, April 8, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. He is facing felony charges following a year-long investigation into alleged financial crimes.

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A former Alexandria, Minnesota, police chief in Minnesota was arrested Friday, April 8, following a year-long investigation into alleged financial crimes.

Richard Wyffels, 57, was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension without incident, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. He was arrested at his Alexandria home.

He has been charged by complaint with felony theft by swindle and was booked into the Douglas County (Minnesota) Jail. Wyffels is expected to appear in Douglas County District Court in the coming days, according to the release.

Wyffels was chief of police in Alexandria from 2006 to 2020, according to the city's website.

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case for the Douglas County Attorney’s Office. Further information about the investigation is contained in the criminal complaint.

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The BCA initiated the investigation at the request of the city of Alexandria, according to the release. It remains an active and ongoing investigation.

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Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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