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Vehicle suspected in western Wisconsin crimes found in Twin Cities

St. Croix County sheriff's officials posted this image of a vehicle suspected in numerous break-ins to storage units in the Hudson area. A vehicle matching the description was found last weekend and its driver was arrested. (Submitted image)

A Twin Cities man was arrested last weekend in a vehicle suspected of participating in multiple break-ins between St. Croix and Pierce counties.

St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said the vehicle, a white Honda Pilot, was believed to be linked to more than 20 burglaries of storage units in Hudson, as well as the theft of a church trailer in Prescott.

The vehicle was recovered on Saturday, March 5, by police in Eden Prairie, Minn. According to an Eden Prairie police report, an officer saw the SUV parked near a fire hydrant, then watched a man shuttle items between the vehicle and an Extended Stay hotel on Technology Drive.

The officer discovered the SUV’s license plates were stolen, so he arrested the man as he attempted to get into the vehicle’s driver seat. Eden Prairie police identified the man as 34-year-old Minneapolis resident Keith J. Klinke. It was later determined the vehicle was stolen as well, according to the report.

An Eden Prairie spokeswoman said items inside the SUV had not yet been inventoried by officers.

Klinke was arrested and jailed in Hennepin County on suspicion of receiving stolen property and three Minnesota warrants.

Eden Prairie police are working with several other agencies in the investigation, the spokeswoman said.

Among the western Wisconsin thefts suspected to be connected to the vehicle was the theft of a trailer belonging to Prescott-based Torrent Church. Church officials posted a surveillance video of the trailer being hauled off.

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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