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Two arrested for garage burglaries in Alexandria

Burglary suspect

A concerned resident's call to police about two men snooping around garages in Alexandria led to the arrest of two burglary suspects.

The Alexandria Police Department received the call at 10:44 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. The caller reported two suspicious individuals who appeared to be entering garages of residences on Carlos Avenue, located off North Nokomis Street near City Park, across from the water treatment plant.

The caller said he suspected something was wrong when the motion lights on a garage turned on and a dog started barking. The caller saw two males walking down a driveway toward the roadway in the neighborhood of the 100 block of Carlos Avenue. The caller saw the two males approach multiple residences in this same neighborhood.

Officers checked property and saw footprints in the snowbank where a person or persons entered into a garage just off the property from the bike trail.

While officers were on scene investigating the report, another officer identified two individuals walking in the area. One was a juvenile male and the other was identified as Dijon Bianco, 20, from Alexandria.

After further investigation, police arrested the two suspects for multiple counts of burglary and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police Chief Rick Wyffels said that the suspects had in their possession items stolen from garages in that area.

Bianco is being held at the Douglas County Jail on two charges of burglary and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charge. The juvenile is being held for juvenile court proceedings.

"The Alexandria Police Department would like to extend appreciation to the concerned citizen that called in and reported this behavior in such a timely manner," said Wyffels. "It’s partnerships like this that make our city stronger and safer."

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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