COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO) – Cottage Grove Police said Wednesday a 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a series of car break-ins that happened in the city between April and July.
Ryan Patric Aasand of Cottage Grove was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree felony damage to property and felony theft. Aasand is believed to be responsible for more than $2,900 worth of damage to vehicles and more than $800 in stolen property. Aasand is currently in the Washington County Jail pending formal criminal charges.READ MORE: 5 St. Cloud Bank Employees Unharmed After Hourslong Hostage Ordeal; Ray Reco McNeary In Custody
According to police, authorities responded to as many as 13 reports of damage to vehicles and theft from vehicles in Cottage Grove between April 4 and July 1. In each of the reports, windows were smashed or car tires were slashed and items were stolen from inside the vehicle.READ MORE: How Much Is A Mother's Work Worth?
Authorities linked Aasand to the break-ins through DNA collected from drops of blood collected from several of the scenes associated with the vehicle break-ins.MORE NEWS: COVID Restrictions: Walz To End Capacity Restrictions By May 28, Mask Mandate By July 1
Cottage Grove Police are reminding residents to keep their vehicles locked, don’t leave valuables in plain view, be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to police.