Impound lot broken into; moped stolen

A 21-year-old Princeton man has been charged with breaking into the Princeton Police Department impound lot where he allegedly attempted to steal a truck before making off with a moped.

Edmunds

When Princeton Police officers arrived at his temporary place of residence to execute a search warrant two days later, pieces of moped could be seen on the driveway.

Lukas Edmunds, age 21, of Princeton, was still being held in the Mille Lacs County Jail on $20,000 bond Tuesday on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, damage to property, and identity theft in connection with the June 18 incident.

Princeton Police investigators received information that Edmunds was involved in the June 18 impound lot break-in. Edmunds allegedly broke into a garage in the city of Princeton, stole some tools and later used those tools to cut a chain on the gate at the impound lot, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court.

Once inside the impound lot, Edmunds is accused of going through a van and attempting to steal the truck. But somewhere along the way he allegedly broke the steering column of the truck, the complaint states. Repairs to the steering column were estimated at $400. Repairs to the impound lot gate and a lighting unit were estimated at $100.

Police also received information that a moped was stolen from the impound lot that night. With that information in hand, police obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1000 block of 8th Ave. N. where Edmunds was temporarily staying. While at the residence, police learned that the moped was being hidden on a vacant lot across the street. The vehicle was found there behind lilac bushes.

Edmunds was sleeping in a lower level of the residence. A few feet from where Edmunds was sleeping officers observed a wallet belonging to an individual who recently reported to police a stolen wallet. Drug paraphernalia was also observed, the complaint states.

Officers froze the investigation scene and moved to amend the search warrant to include other stolen items and drugs or drug contraband. A GPS allegedly stolen earlier that morning was also found at the residence, the complaint states.

Edmunds was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday (June 27) for an omnibus hearing.

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