Two arrested in residential burglary
Shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, a resident observed two men who he did not recognize climbing over a neighbor's back yard fence. He called police.
His response led police to apprehend two Hastings men Lucas Todd Weber, 18, and Martin James Collins, 20, both of Hastings, on suspicion of burglary of a house on the 3300 block of Malcolm Avenue.
"The combination of the immediate report of suspicious activity by neighbor, prompt dispatching, quick response by officers, and effective containment of the suspects led to these arrests," said Hastings Police Chief Police Schnell. "This is the very outcome that can come with the reporting of suspicious activity and strong police and community partnerships."
This incident was reported at 10:49 a.m. Monday, and when officers arrived at the scene, they saw two suspects run from the house. Both were quickly apprehended, arrested, and transported to the Dakota County Jail in Hastings.
There was a car which had seen left in the area, Schnell said. Apparently, the suspects did have some possessions with them, which officers could link to the house burglary.
Weber and Collins were booked on suspicion of burglary. Hastings investigators are also checking another residential burglary earlier that day and other burglaries of unoccupied homes in the area to determine any connection.
Charges against the two were filed Wednesday, Aug. 11.
According to booking documents of the Dakota County Jail, an arrest warrant for theft was active for Weber from the West St. Paul Police Department.
Again, Schnell stressed the importance of reporting suspicious activity to police.
"I don't know the number of times we hear that people think they see something suspicious, but they say they don't want to bother us," he said. "But what would have happened here if this person had not taken that action?
"So we ask, make the report and we can have an officer check it out. If it is nothing, then we are still on top of it."