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Heartland Security System catches intruder in-the-act of stealing from McLeod Co-op

Tuesday, December 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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On July 13 at 5:16 AM, cameras at the McLeod Co-op Power pole yard detected an intrusion. Dispatchers at the monitoring station verified on the video that a male person was walking inside of the fenced area. The McLeod County Sheriff’s office was contacted and deputies responded. Cooperative personnel were also notified. Deputies apprehended the thief fleeing the scene, with burglary tools and wire cords stolen from the co-op in his possession.

Heartland Security Services employee Vern Zimmer shows some of the 25 foot cords cut off of voltage regulators at McLeod Co-op Power’s pole yard near Glencoe. The Heartland Security video system caught the thief in the act and law enforcement apprehended the intruder as he fled the scene. The intruder cut metal cords off of voltage regulators at the Co-op. McLeod County sheriff’s deputies caught the thief with the cords in his possession. 

He had cut through a security fence to gain access. He then cut off and stole six 25-foot regulator cords from voltage regulators stored at the co-op’s pole yard facility near Glencoe. The cords were valued at $1,500. The labor to repair the voltage regulators and the fence were also listed as damages.

The intruder pled guilty to the charge of criminal damage to property in the first degree. At his hearing in November, he was ordered to provide restitution for his theft and damages.

“The co-op was very happy with the detection provided by the Heartland Security Services system, it’s surveillance cameras, and the watchful eye of dispatchers at the Wright-Hennepin Response Center where alarms are monitored,” said General Manager Carrie Buckley. She added,” The quick response of the McLeod County Sheriff’s officers also helped in apprehending the thief.”

Metal theft happens much too often to utilities and it is the utility customers who pay for the losses when thieves are not caught in the act. “We can attest to the value of having a security system from Heartland Security Services,” said Bob Thomes of McLeod Co-op Power. “When they successfully detect an intruder and then act quickly to help law enforcement catch the thief, it makes you very thankful that you had a quality system in place guarding the Co-op’s property, “ added Thomes.

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