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Charges: man steals Hammond cop's truck, 'torches' it in Minnesota

Jailhouse tips led authorities to a man suspected of stealing a Hammond police officer’s personal vehicle containing his service pistol, badge and other police equipment from a Hudson parking lot.

The vehicle, a 2004 Ford pickup truck belonging to officer Christian Loos, was discovered stolen Nov. 7 at the Hudson hockey arena. A .45-caliber Glock handgun, an ammunition clip, a police radio, a GPS unit, an iPad and Loos’ police badge were among items missing from the truck, the window of which was believed to be smashed out.

Hudson police investigating the theft learned later that day that the vehicle had been found burned up in Washington County, Minn.

On Nov. 16, an inmate at the Carver County (Minn.) jail told Hudson police he had information about a Nov. 7 theft.

The inmate, along with another witness, named 28-year-old Troy William Drusch as the suspect.

Drusch, whose address was not known, was charged Friday by warrant calling for nationwide extradition.

St. Croix County prosecutors charged Drusch with four felonies -- felon in possession of a firearm, operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and two counts of theft.

He remained at large as of Tuesday.

See next week's print edition for more on the story.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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