New Ulm man charged with receiving stolen property

Tyler Patrick Happke, 22, New Ulm, was charged Sept. 24 in the Morrison County District Court with one felony count of receiving stolen property.

On Sept. 20, the New Ulm Police received a report of a theft of a safe containing about $3,000 cash, a watch valued at about $600, video games and DVDs. The victim said he thought his former roommate, Happke, was the person who took the items.

Through an investigation, the New Ulm police officer discovered Happke had received a ride to Pierz.

A Pierz police officer received the complaint from New Ulm and located Happke in Pierz. While speaking to Happke, he observed several bags in the residence. Happke allegedly told the officer the bag in the closet contained a large amount of cash because he planned to move to Nevada. Numerous DVDs and video games were found in additional bags.

The officer believed the cash, DVDs and video games matched the description of the stolen items from New Ulm.

Happke was placed under arrest for possessing stolen property and taken to the Morrison County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Happke admitted stealing the safe and cracking it open using a screwdriver-type of tool. He also allegedly admitted taking the cash and watch from the safe and a computer from the residence which he sold for $300. He said some of DVDs and video games belonged to him, but thought some could have come from the victim.

The officers found $3,102 which allegedly came from the safe.

If convicted, Happke faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.