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Hubbard County holiday burglary binge interrupted New Year's Eve

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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 three remain in jail.

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

According to the criminal complaint, at 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, Hubbard County Dep. Adam Williams responded to a garage door alarm on 219th Avenue. 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 the vehicle yielded an assortment of contraband, including prescription drugs, tools, bottles of alcohol and other items.

The officers subsequently learned three other residences had been broken into and traveled to each location. Two of the residences bore track marks matching the Grand Prix's tires, the complaint said, and foot tracks matched two suspects.

At one location, Garbow's footprints were matched to a porch door that had been kicked in. The homeowner subsequently identified the liquor bottles found in the suspects' car as belonging to him.

Another homeowner identified rubber gloves and tools found in the suspects' vehicle as his.

Williams then matched the Grand Prix tire treads and shoe prints of Garbow and Edwards to a break-in he'd previously investigated Dec. 22.

Hardy said he was "just along for the ride" when he was asked to provide a statement at the detention center. He was nonetheless charged with three counts of Second Degree Burglary, three counts of Third Degree Burglary and one count of Fifth Degree Drug Possession.

The officers found a large amount of prescription pills, including Hydro-codone and Adderal, and red straws with residue of some type of substance.

Garbow and Edwards are each charged with three counts of Second Degree Burglary, two counts of Third Degree Burglary, one count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, one count of Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree and Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree. All are felonies, the most serious punishable by a maximum of 10 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine upon conviction.

Garbow has a lengthy criminal record that includes being an accomplice to arson and burglary, four assault convictions and threats to peace officers.

Edwards has convictions for alcohol-related offenses and twice giving a false name to peace officers.

Hardy has three prior alcohol-related convictions.

They are all scheduled to appear again in court on Jan. 23.

Sarah Smith

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

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