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Five arrested in Mahnomen alcohol thefts

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Five suspects were arrested Saturday in connection with two Mahnomen County, Minn., burglaries, including one man wanted for escaping custody.

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Investigators believe the men are responsible for the theft of alcohol from two area stores, the Roy Lake Store in Mahnomen and Highway 113 Bait and Tackle near Waubun, Minn., according to a news release from Deputy Brady Burnside of the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office.

Arrested in connection with the burglaries were:

- Guy Anthony Keezer, Jr., 23, of White Earth, Minn., who also had a warrant out for his arrest for escaping custody. Burnside said Keezer was released from prison on Dec. 8 after serving a sentence for a conviction in a 2006 home burglary, but he walked away from a halfway house that was required as part of his supervised release.

- John Bradley Thompson, 26, and Ronald Wayne Elias Thompson, 25, both of Minneapolis.

- Craig Walter Larson, 19, of Naytahwaush, Minn.

- A 15-year-old male whose name wasn't released because he is a juvenile.

Burnside said investigators began looking for the suspects after the owner of Roy Lake Store - which had the glass in its front door shattered during the break-in about 10:30 p.m. Friday - described some suspicious customers from earlier in the night.

After getting a tip that suspects matching the descriptions of the store owner had a large quantity of alcohol, more than was taken from the Roy Lake Store, investigators learned that alcohol was taken from the bait shop about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators went to a home linked to one of the suspects, where Burnside said deputies saw blood and the brands of beer and liquor reported stolen.

Four of the suspects were found and arrested later Saturday, about 10 a.m., at Larson's house in Naytahwaush. Ronald Thompson was arrested Saturday night at a different home in Naytahwaush.

All five are expected to be charged with third-degree burglary when they appear in court today.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Roepke at (701) 241-5535

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