Brian Donald Rinkel, 30, Maple Grove, has been charged with one felony count each of burglary in the third degree and possession of drugs in the fifth degree. He also faces one count of driving after revocation.
According to the complaint filed in Morrison County District Court, Morrison County dispatch received a report of a burglary of a barn that occurred June 18, at a property on Sage Road in Lakin Township.
The victim allegedly told the responding deputy that they had several break-ins over the last couple of weeks and a neighbor had seen a suspect vehicle at their property earlier in the day.
The complaint alleges that the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed so that nobody could follow it. The suspect vehicle was later seen driving past the victim’s property again and was followed to a residence on 83rd Street in Lakin Township.
Deputies located the suspect identified as Rinkel and observed several feet of electrical wire, light fixtures and metal piping.
These were items consistent with what was allegedly stolen from the victim’s barn. Rinkel’s vehicle did not have front or rear license plates and his driving privileges were revoked.
The victims later identified many of the items in the Rinkel truck as items that were stolen from their property.
Inside the front seat of the truck deputies allegedly found two bags containing ground beef that had been reported stolen. Next to the ground beef was a glass pipe with a white residue in it that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
If found guilty, Rinkel faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.