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Two charged in New Richmond burglaries

Two men have been arrested in connection with the recent rash of business burglaries in the city of New Richmond.

Aquilla J.P. Jessie, 17, New Richmond, and Terry Alan Beddie, 44, New Richmond, were arrested Feb. 18, according to Lieutenant Jerry Cody of the New Richmond Police Department.

Jessie is charged with one felony count of burglary of a building or dwelling for the Jan. 17 break-in at McCabe's Shamrock Club.

He is also charged with misdemeanor theft for stealing money and alcohol from McCabe's Shamrock Club on the same date.

Two unrelated charges against Jessie are a felony for arson of a building on Feb. 8 and a felony charge for threats to injure or accuse of a crime. Jessie allegedly maliciously verbally threatened to commit injury to a St. Croix County parole/probation officer.

Beddie was charged with two felony counts of burglary of a building or dwelling.

The first count is for the Jan. 6 break-in at the Doar Drill Law Firm in New Richmond. The law firm was ransacked causing damage and unknown items were allegedly taken.

The second count is for the Jan. 17 break-in at McCabe's Shamrock Club.

A third count against Beddie is for misdemeanor theft for the Jan. 17 alleged theft of money and alcohol from McCabe's Shamrock Club.

Beddie was also charged with two additional counts of misdemeanor theft. The first charge stemmed from a Jan. 23 theft from the Laundry Basket in downtown New Richmond. The second charge related to a Nov. 20, 2007 theft from the Laundry Basket.

Both Jessie and Beddie are currently being held in the St. Croix County Jail with a $50,000 cash bond each.

According to New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad, the department is still investigating the robberies at Bob and Steve's BP, the Friday Memorial Library and an attempted break-in at Kozy Korner, which occurred around the same as the ones Jessie and Beddie were involved in.

"Everything is still under investigation," Samelstad said. "It's all still up in the air. By no means have we reached any conclusions."

Samelstad encourages the public to contact the police department at 246-6667 with any information regarding the recent robberies.