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Couple charged with burglaries

MANTORVILLE — A husband and wife from Rochester face six charges in Dodge County District Court in connection with a string of burglaries in northeast Dodge County in September.

Sheena Jo Jones, 37, and Anthony David Jones, 35, of 508 28th St. N.W., were each charged Thursday with five counts of third-degree burglary and one count of theft. The maximum fine for theft is 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaints, the thefts were from storage sheds in Milton Township. An investigation led sheriff's department investigators to suspect the Joneses. Authorities say they recovered most of the stolen items, valued at about $12,000, when a search warrant was executed on Sept. 27.

The two were arrested Wednesday in Rochester and taken to the Steele County jail in Owatonna. Bail was set at $30,000 without conditions and $15,000 with conditions. Their first court appearance has been set for Nov. 2.

Sheriff Jim Jensen said the first theft was reported during Labor Day weekend when a shed west of Pine Island was broken into and thousands of dollars worth of tools and power equipment were taken. Authorities received more reports from the area, three involving sheds and one involving a house.

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Jensen said the thefts are a reminder that people should secure their property, photograph and mark their possessions for identification if they're stolen, and report suspicious activity.

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