Charges filed following burglary arrests

Charges have been filed against two Lakeville men who were arrested in New Prague May 26 on suspicion of burglary.

New Prague police arrested Robert Stephen Huber, 23, and Troy Michael Wierson, 25, at about 10:23 p.m. that evening. A New Prague officer driving in the area of Fifth Avenue NW observed a pickup truck that was driving erratically and had a tail light out. After learning the registered owner of the vehicle had a revoked driver's license and watching the truck pull into a driveway on Fifth Ave. NW, the officer pulled in behind the vehicle.

As he approached the vehicle he observed a number of tools, gas cans, fishing equipment and power cords in the back of the truck. He confirmed that Huber, the driver, was the owner of the vehicle and ran the ID of Wierson and found that he was wanted on a warrant from Steele County.

The two were arrested and brought to the New Prague police station. After being read their rights, they were questioned and admitted to taking many of the items from vehicles and sheds and using some of the tools to gain entry to sheds.

Both men have been charged with receiving stolen property, which has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, and possession of burglary or theft tools, which has a penalty of up to three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

According to the Scott County Attorney's office, Wierson's first appearance was May 30, and bail was reduced to $1,000 cash or a $10,000 bond. He remained in the Scott County Jail as of Tuesday, June 3, and had an omnibus hearing set for that day.

Huber's first appearance was set for June 23.

New Prague Police Chief Mark Vosejpka said the department is in possession of numerous tools and fishing items, ranging from tarps, grinders, flashlights, hand tools, tolling motors, fishing poles and more, with a total value of $1,284. If anyone is missing any small tools or equipment from around Memorial Day, they can call the New Prague Police Department at 952-758-2791 to see if any of their property was recovered.

Police Chief Mark Vosejpka added that the truck, a 1990s Chevrolet S10 pickup, was impounded and the department is in the process of obtaining title through vehicle forfeiture laws.

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