FILLMORE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE 04/22/16

From Sheriff Tom Kaase

On Wednesday April 20th, at 0700 hours, Fillmore County Deputy Jason Harmening responded to a report of a burglary at Hahn Lumber Company, located in Harmony MN. He completed a report in which numerous tools and other items were found to taken sometime during the night. Investigator Jesse Grabau also assisted with the crime scene investigation. There were no suspects at the time and the case was to be listed at open and active at that time.

On this same day, Wednesday April 20th, Fillmore County Deputy Lance Boyum was on routine patrol in the area of Easy Street and Fox Rd, in Holt Township in Fillmore County. He observed a vehicle that had an Iowa license plate and as the vehicle drove past him, he observed the driver of the vehicle that was known to him. He recognized the driver as Justin Rickert, 39 years of age. Deputy Boyum, having received information from the Rochester Police Department the day before, on the 19th, was informed that Rickert may have been involved in a theft of a motor vehicle out of Winneshiek County Iowa with the same license plate number he had just observed. Deputy Boyum also was aware that Rickert had an active warrant our of Olmsted County and that he also had a Department of Corrections warrant.   Deputy Boyum made a traffic stop of this vehicle and an arrest of Rickert. There were also two other individuals in this vehicle at the time. As a result of this traffic stop, arrest, and execution of a search warrant on the stolen vehicle, evidence of the Hahn Lumber burglary was also seized. The incident remains under investigation.   Rickert remains in custody in the Fillmore County Detention Center.