Casey’s hit again
A Lonsdale man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing Casey’s General Store in Lonsdale at gunpoint. Police believe he’s the same man that robbed the station on August 4th. Lonsdale Police arrested 27, year old Eric John Wermerskirchen, shortly after a Casey’s clerk reported a man walking into the store with a red or maroon backpack and wearing a blue mask on his face and a hat. The armed robbery was reported just before 4 o’clock Sunday morning. According to the criminal complaint the man displayed a black gun and asked for three cartons of Camel Crush cigarettes and all the cash in the register. The clerk told police she placed the items in the man’s backpack. The MO is the same as the last robbery. Wermerskirchen was pulled over two blocks from the store. Officers searched his vehicle and found a large, bundle of money and an empty box of Camel Crush. Later that day, officers searched Wermerskirchen’s home and found all the items described by the Casey’s clerk including the mask. Wermerskirchen is charged with felony first-degree aggravated robbery. If convicted he could serve up to 20 years in prison and/or pay a $35,000 fine. He denies the charges. His next appearance is Aug. 29.
More vehicles are broken into
More thefts from autos are reported by the Northfield police department. Deputy Chief Chuck Walerius said there were 5 calls but at least 9 cars were gone through. Walerius says it’s the same old thing, people leaving their doors unlocked. He says in many of these cases, the victims had heard about the recent thefts and just kept forgetting to lock their doors. He says you need to lock the entrance to your garage as well. Walerius says most of the stolen items are small electronics that are easily fenced. While it seems that this year has seen more thefts, Walerius says no but they’re seeing it later in the year. They have a pretty good idea of who’s doing it and they will be monitoring individuals. Walerius continues to beat the drum to call police with any activity you find suspicious. They’d rather take your call than miss the opportunity to apprehend the thief. Proving that a person has committed the theft is harder than it seems. Lifting fingerprints off of a vehicle is difficult as there are numerous prints all over cars. That’s another reason that the public is so instrumental in catching these guys. Walerius says lock your doors.
Council meets tonight
The Northfield city council will hold a regular meeting at 7 o’clock tonight. A work session will follow after the regular agenda. The Streetscape Task forceand the Northfield Fire Relief association will give updates. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Northfield Hospice celebrates 30 years with a butterfly release
Northfield Hospice will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a butterfly release at a special commemorative event tonight at 6:30 p.m., at the Long Term Care Center patio at Northfield Hospital. The hospice program was created in 1982 to provide a circle of care for terminally ill patients and their families. The butterfly release is a special event designed for the Northfield community to honor the memory of loved ones who have died. For more information call 507-646-1106.
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