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Northwestern Minnesota Fugitive Is Back Behind Bars

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  A northwestern Minnesota fugitive is behind bars, after being on the run since December, following a break-in at the Plummer, Minnesota American Legion Club.

  23-year old Brian Torkelson of Thief River Falls is charged with Felony Burglary, Property Damage and Misdemeanor Theft.

  23-year old Danielle Rasmussen is also charged with Felony Burglary in connection with the break-in.

  The arrests come as welcome news to the coffee club at the Plummer, American Legion.

  Brian Torkelson had already been convicted of stealing over one-thousand dollars from this American Legion a few years ago.  Now, he's been charged with breaking into it again.

 Reporter: "Did it tick you guys off a little bit?"

Chuck Simpson, Plummer, MN: "Very much so."

Reporter: "Glad to see somebody behind bars?"

Simpson: "Yep."

  Torkelson allegedly took just beer and liquor during this latest burglary. But, he's also charged with leaving behind a lot of damage.

Chuck Simpson: "Broke in the window, broke the door going back to the office, tore our gun safe apart."

  Torkelson allegedly burglarized this place, within a week after getting out of prison for another string of area burglaries.

  The Sheriff says Torkelson was a suspect right away in this latest burglary, when they tried to arrest him in Thief River.

Sheriff Mitch Bernstein, Red Lake County: "Yeah, he jumped out of a window, stole a car in Thief River and got away, hooked up with some friends. So, he had kind of an interesting day."

  Sheriff Bernstein says Department of Corrections and Probation Officers caught up with Torkelson this past week in Detroit Lakes and arrested him. He's currently be held here… in the Polk County Jail at Crookston.

Woman: "It's only 18-below..ha"

  And meanwhile,  back at the American Legion Club, folks couldn't be happier.

   Brian Torkelson and Danielle Rasmussen are scheduled to make court appearances in February.

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