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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - An observant witness is being credited with helping Rochester police catch two suspected burglars.

The witness called 911 Friday night after seeing a suspicious vehicle at the former AMPI Dairy site.

Officers contacted a person who had access to the building. After entering the building, it was discovered someone was apparently in the process of taking large spools of copper and steel wiring worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Ren Degener/Olmsted County ADC
Chad Westby/Olmsted County ADC


Police located and arrested two suspects. They were identified as 55-year-old Ren Degener and 43-year-old Chad Westby, both of Rochester.

A police spokesman says an earlier burglary at the site involved the theft of tools, copper wire, copper fuses, pumps, and other miscellaneous parts. Damage was also done to the building when the thieves removed the stolen items.


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