Attorney moves to have charge dismissed against former Alexandria police chief

Richard Wyffels has been charged by complaint with felony theft by swindle.

Richard Wyffels
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ALEXANDRIA — The attorney for former Alexandria police chief Richard Wyffels has filed a motion to have the charge against his client dismissed.

The Sept. 22 motion reads that at the omnibus hearing in the case, Wyffels' attorney will move the court for an order:

  • Suppressing all evidence obtained as a result of an illegal search outside the scope of an otherwise valid search warrant.
  • Excluding all evidence and its fruits that is obtained by an unreasonable search or seizure.
  • Precluding the state from proceeding with items and amounts itemized in the complaint that were allegedly obtained by Wyffels more than five years prior to the complaint being issued.

In addition, Wyffels' attorney has also filed a motion to change venue, transferring the case to either Becker County or Clay County.
Both motions can be scheduled for the same date and time, according to court documents.

An omnibus waiver hearing originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26, has been continued.

Wyffels has been charged by complaint with felony theft by swindle.


Wyffels is accused of purchasing $65,724 worth of items that are missing from the police department, according to the complaint.

Wyffels served as chief beginning Oct. 31, 2006, and retired on Sept. 30, 2020.

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