Over the past few weeks, the Rice County Sheriff’s Office has received over 20 reports of mail thefts. The Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Investigations divisions followed up on leads provided by citizens in the area. The leads produced a suspect who was located in the city of Dennison.  Investigators approached the suspect while he was getting into his car. The suspect led the investigators on a short pursuit which ended with the suspect crashing and disabling his car.  The suspect then ran into a cornfield. Sgt. Trevor Peterson and his K9 partner Scout were in the area. K9 Scout tracked the suspect through the cornfield, which led to the suspect to surrender to deputies. There were no injuries to the suspect, citizens or deputies involved.

This is a great example of why citizens providing law enforcement with leads is so important. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the citizens who provided us with tips. Some citizens even provided us with photos and video of the suspect.

“I am very proud of the collaborative effort by our attentive citizens and the deputies and investigators to bring this subject into custody”, said Sheriff Dunn.

The Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspector.

SOURCE: Rice County Sheriff's Office Press Release