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Two arrested on suspicion of burglary

The neighbors in the Tuttle Drive and Highway 316 area saw a suspicious person and a suspicious vehicle. They called police.

That is exactly what they should do, according to Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell.

As the result of the call late Sunday night, Nov. 22, two people - Sierra Rose Gress, 22 of South St. Paul, and Richard Joseph Spear, 33 of Cottage Grove -- have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft.

At about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the Tuttle Drive area on the report of both a suspicious person and vehicle. As officers were responding to the scene, they located the vehicle, driven by Gress. They observed stolen property in the vehicle and connected her with other criminal activity in the area. A short time later, Spears was arrested as he walked on Highway 61.

Both were booked in the Dakota County Council Jail pending completion of the investigation.

Some the property recovered from the vehicle driven by Gress is believed to have been stolen from vehicles or garages in and around Hastings. Residents are asked to report an stolen items or attempts to gain entrances into garages, houses and vehicles.

"This case is yet another reminder of the importance of reporting suspicious activity," said Schnell. "The successes of our policing effort strongly correlates to the partnerships we have with the community. The arrests in this case serves as a remainder of that fact."

Anyone who believes any of the recovered property is theirs, should contact the Hastings Police Department at 651-480-2300.