Missing tubers on Root River arrested for auto theft
LANESBORO — Two people reported missing on the Root River Saturday were later arrested for motor vehicle theft on Sunday, according to a report from the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office.
The pair, a 25-year-old woman from Austin and a 30-year-old man from Minneapolis, borrowed a tube and were reportedly headed for the Root River. When the pair had not returned, the woman's grandmother called the 911 at 10:05 p.m. Saturday to report they had not returned, the report states.
Fillmore County Sheriff's deputies, Preston and Lanesboro police, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Lanesboro Fire Department assisted in the search for the pair, but found nothing.
While continuing the search, members of the Lanesboro Fire Department noticed an open garage on Graceful Road with an open vehicle that appeared to have been gone through, the report states. Fillmore County Deputy Leif Erickson discovered that a 2014 Chevy Equinox was missing from the scene.
At 6:07 a.m. Sunday, a police officer observed a vehicle matching the description the one reportedly being driven by the missing tubers on Huron Road. During the course of the investigation, Sgt. Don Kullot discovered the two missing tubers were involved in the theft of the Equinox, the report states.
Jessi Kominek, 25, of Austin and Joshua Vlasaty, 30, of Minneapolis, were charged in Fillmore County District Court for motor vehicle theft. Kominek has been released on her own recognizance, and Vlasaty continues to be held awaiting bail, the report states.