Former Alexandria Police Chief arrested on felony theft charges

Rick Wyffels was taken into custody, Friday, April 8, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Rick Wyffels

ALEXANDRIA – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested former police chief Richard Wyffels following a year-long investigation into alleged financial crimes.

Wyffels, 57, was taken into custody without incident today, April 8, 2022, at his Alexandria home, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. He has been charged by complaint with felony theft by swindle and was booked into the Douglas County Jail.

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Wyffels is expected to appear in Douglas County District Court in the coming days, according to the release.

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case for the Douglas County Attorney’s Office. Further information about the investigation is contained in the criminal complaint.


The BCA initiated the investigation at the request of the city of Alexandria, according to the release. It remains an active and ongoing investigation.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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