MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Three Mankato residents are in custody in connection to a burglary that police first got wind of due to a 911 pocket dial.
The Blue County Sheriff’s office says a 911 dispatcher received a call from a cell phone at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday. The dispatcher could hear two men talking about their involvement in a possible burglary or theft, and then determined their location.
Deputies and Mankato police officers responded to the 3500 block of 3rd Avenue where found two men hiding inside the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office Gun Range: 29-year-old Kyle Scott James and 38-year-old Jeramie Jason Ites.
Jessica June Friedrichs, 29, was found waiting nearby in a vehicle inside Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.
Authorities found cash and items on the men that they traced to North Mankato Supply, located just across the road. There were signs of a forced entry at the business and the inside appeared to have been ransacked.
All three suspects were taken into custody, and are currently being held in the Blue Earth County Jail where they await charges.
There was an active warrant out for Ites’ arrest for fleeing police in a motor vehicle. One or both of the men may also be connected to a burglary reported on Tuesday.