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Minnesota man charged with Pierce County burglaries

Justin G. Valian

BAY CITY -- A Minnesota man who authorities say was responsible for three burglaries on the same day in Pierce County faces multiple felonies.

Pierce County prosecutors charged 19-year-old Justin G. Valian with three counts of burglary -- all stemming from July 6 incidents. He was arrested in Chisago County, Minn., where he was jailed and released on July 20.

A court date in Pierce County had not yet been set for Valian, a Stillwater resident.

According to a criminal complaint:

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were called July 6 to N1151 730th St. in Bay City for a burglary. The victim reported numerous missing items from his home, including family photos, military medals and family heirlooms. He provided investigators with surveillance images captured at 5:40 a.m. during the burglary that depicted the suspect and a white Chevrolet Suburban.

The second burglary was reported three days later by a resident at N1537 845th St. in Hager City. He said he and his wife had been out of town for the week, but were alerted at 4:32 a.m. July 6 by a neighbor who heard an alarm going off at their house. Belongings reported missing from the property included a leaf blower, plastic gun cases for an ATV and boat parts.

On July 7, a stolen Suburban was found in Chisago County with Valian inside. He was arrested and was found wearing the same clothes the suspect was seen wearing in the surveillance images captured in Bay City.

The Bay City victim looked through items found in the Suburban and identified several as his belongings.

The Suburban contained additional items that led to the discovery of a third burglary that occurred at W7187 135th Ave. in Bay City. Two palm sanders taken from that residence were found in the vehicle.

Items belonging to the Hager City victim were also found in the vehicle.

A check of the Automated Pawn System revealed the Hager City leaf blower had been pawned in Roseville, Minn., by a person identified as Valian’s girlfriend.

Investigators learned the Suburban had been stolen from Red Wing around midnight July 6 -- just hours before the burglaries. A Goodhue County sheriff’s spokeswoman said Valian has not been charged in that county in relation to the theft report.

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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