An Iron Range man has been arrested in connection with two home burglaries in Pike and Sandy townships.
Joseph Dean Potter, 35, is facing multiple charges including first-and second-degree burglary, felony theft and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.
Potter allegedly stole equipment, tools and a shotgun valued at $30,000 from homes on Highway 68, about 15 miles north of Virginia.
Last Sunday, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the properties, where they discovered a third burglary nearby had gone unreported to law enforcement. After word spread in the communities, deputies received a description of a suspicious vehicle that was in the area during the time of the crimes.
Deputies tracked the leads and executed a warrant at 1:30 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 7800 block of Wuori Road in Wuori Township, immediately north of Virginia. Law enforcement recovered a large portion of the stolen property over the weekend, as well as property from a previously reported theft.
The sheriff’s office is asking members of the public to call 911 if they notice anything suspicious in their neighborhoods or dial 218-749-7134 if they have information related to the ongoing investigation.