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Hubbard, Park Rapids officers stop holiday burglary spree in its tracks

Two quick-thinking officers may have interrupted a burglary spree in progress on New Year's Eve.

Three men appeared in Hubbard County District Court Tuesday on a litany of charges connected to a series of break-ins that began Dec. 22 and continued over the New Year. All remain in jail.

They are Daniel Owen Garbow, 24, of Park Rapids, Donald James Hardy Jr., 34, and David Edwards, 29, both of Ponsford.

According to the criminal complaint, Hubbard County Dep. Adam Williams responded to a garage door alarm on 219th Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 31. As he neared the location, he came upon a Grand Prix in the vicinity and pulled it over.

In speaking with Garbow, the driver, Williams checked the licenses of the occupants and found all to be revoked.

As Williams was preparing a citation, Park Rapids police officer Tom Haag, who had responded to the alarm call and scouted the area before joining up with the deputy, noticed the Grand Prix's wheel tracks matched those he'd found at the scene of the attempted break-in. The footprints at the scene matched at least two of the vehicle occupants.

A search of he vehicle yielded a small mountain of contraband, including prescription drugs, tools, bottles of alcohol and other items.

Read more on the story in Saturday's Park Rapids Enterprise.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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