A St. Cloud man was arrested and jailed after being nabbed at the scene of a burglary in progress in Sartell.
Sartell police arrested Richard Alan Staples Jr., 18, at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, June 24 at a residence in the 1100 block of 11th Street N. A witness had seen a male in a car who appeared to be prowling around and called police. After Staples’ arrest, police determined he had entered an attached garage at the residence where he stole a bicycle and some alcohol. Other residents of that area have reported the theft of money from their vehicles.
Staples is expected to be charged with fourth-degree burglary, receiving stolen property, criminal damage to property, tampering with a motor vehicle, theft and underage consumption.
According to the Sartell police report, Staples remains in the Stearns County Jail.
Police continue to advise all residents: Keep vehicles locked and keep valuable items out of vehicles.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.