More Charges Expected in Burglary Ring Investigation

Created: 08/04/2014 7:18 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 News) -- It's a suspected burglary ring that caught the attention of law enforcement when a license plate was caught on a trail cam. Now, some of the suspects face charges in two counties in two different states.

It all began with as the photo taken on a rural site in Mitchell County, Iowa.

The photo showed a suspect vehicle and a license plate, and investigators tracked the car to 37-year-old Shane Rose.

A week ago, law enforcement executed search warrants on Rose's home in Brownsdale, Minnesota, as well as a number of vehicles and a storage shed -- and found them filled with allegedly stolen property.

"We have a lot of power tools, mechanical tools, as well as a couple of mini bikes," said Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.

Shane Rose, Troy Leeper and John Dehoff were charged with drug or weapons charges while Mower county investigators pieced together information about the burglaries.

Now, Leeper has been charged with burglary, and he, Rose and Samuel Ramirez have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary for the incident that was caught on camera on Dan Block's property in Mitchell county, Iowa.

"It's a farm house we use on weekends, and we have had a lot of break-ins. Every couple of years someone breaks in and basically you can't keep nice stuff there," Block told ABC6.

“We did put out teletypes to surrounding and even southeast Minnesota and north Iowa of what we recovered," said Amazi.

And investigators say it could be months before the full extent of the burglaries is known.

"So far, five counties and certainly we look for that number to grow,” Amazi said.

Photo: MGN