Mother, son accused of stealing from empty church, selling meth

Crime Report graphic dlpf

Brenda Lee Windel, 57, and her son, Jacob Scott Windel, 26, both of Detroit Lakes were charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree burglary.

According to court records, in June, they were among several people who went into an abandoned church and took items. A large speaker, a soundboard and a small microphone box from the church were found in Brenda Windel’s garage, according to court records.

Jacob Windel told an investigator that they went into the church two to three times, and he admitted taking the music speaker. The two were identified after being caught on a trail camera, according to court records.

On Sept. 9, District Judge Peter Irvine issued a summons for both to appear in court Oct. 10.

In a separate case, both Brenda Windel and Jacob Windel were charged with felony third-degree controlled substance crime.


According to court records, on Oct. 22, 2018, Brenda agreed to sell 2.7 grams of meth to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Jacob got in the car too, and they went to a different location in Detroit Lakes. Jacob took cash and went in and returned with the meth. He gave the meth to Brenda, who later handed it to the confidential reliable informant.

A summons was issued to Jacob Windel to appear in court Oct. 10 in that case as well.

What To Read Next
Get Local