Arrests made in Richland County connected to recent thefts

Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 11:14 AM CST
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Law enforcement agencies have made an arrest amid a string of thefts and burglaries in Richland County.

Dillon Joe Huber, 29, and Andrew Michael Miklas, 31, are in the Richland County Jail for unconnected incidents, according to jail records and documents.

Huber was arrested on December 7, 2019 after deputies received a call that there was an active burglary at a vacant home outside of Lidgerwood. A hunter had called the homeowners that an unknown vehicle was on their property, according to court documents.

When deputies arrived, they found Huber and the homeowner inside the house. Huber reportedly had a black suitcase containing copper pipes.

The copper was cut near the outlets in the laundry room and there was a medicine cabinet missing from the bathroom, according to court documents.

Deputies said they found copper wire and tubing, tools, and a stun gun inside Huber’s vehicle. They also located the medicine cabinet.

Miklas, on the other hand, was arrested on January 1 on seven charges, including preventing arrest.

A Wahpeton Police Officer stopped a 2017 GMC van that was leaving a plumbing business at 942 11th Ave S.

According to court documents, the business owner told police Miklas didn’t have permission to use the vehicle and immediately reported it stolen.

Police said Miklas got into a physical altercation with officers once he exited the vehicle. He allegedly tried to take an officer’s Taser and gun.

A Taser was used twice in order to place handcuffs on Miklas, according to court documents.

A Wahpeton police officer was allegedly injured during the struggle suffering lacerations to his hand.

Inside the GMC van, police said they found a bag with at least 30 credit cards that did not belong to Miklas.

Richland County Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said some of the credit cards were reported stolen from people living in the county.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate both cases.

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