$80K in Nazi memorabilia, collectibles stolen from rural Barnesville home; couple arrested

RURAL BARNESVILLE, Minn. - A couple is accused of stealing roughly $80,000 worth of collectables from a home in rural Barnesville, including Nazi memorabilia and four guns.Amber Hedstrom and her boyfriend, Justin Marlen, were each charged Thursda...
These are some of the items stolen from a home in rural Barnesville, Minn., as seen Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Clay County Sheriff's Office in Moorhead. Dave Wallis / The Forum

RURAL BARNESVILLE, Minn. - A couple is accused of stealing roughly $80,000 worth of collectables from a home in rural Barnesville, including Nazi memorabilia and four guns.

Amber Hedstrom and her boyfriend, Justin Marlen, were each charged Thursday, May 25, in Clay County District Court with nine counts of felony theft.

Hedstrom's father told investigators he let Hedstrom and her children stay at his home while he was out of town from April 9 to 15. When he returned, he noticed various items were missing, including collectables, knives, brass knuckles, two handguns, two shotguns, jewelry, prescription medications, electronics and tools, according to a criminal complaint.

Hedstrom's father reported the theft April 16, and investigators learned that his daughter allegedly let Marlen take the items from the home, the complaint said.

Detroit Lakes police later found some of the stolen property while executing a search warrant in another case. The man who had the property told police he received it from Marlen, the complaint said.

Among the items recovered were a few pieces of Nazi memorabilia: a sheet of stamps with Adolf Hitler's profile, an oversize card with Hitler's image and an employment record book issued by the German Reich, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the case.

Also recovered were boxing gloves signed by boxers Ken Norton and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, a Bowie knife, coins, cash, polished rocks and a virtual reality device, the complaint said.

Clay County Lt. Stephen Landsem said investigators suspect Hedstrom and Marlen stole the items to sell in order to raise money to buy drugs.

Marlen, 32, who has no permanent address, and Hedstrom, 27, of Barnesville, were both being held at the Clay County Jail on Thursday. They each had bail amounts of $10,000. Their attorney, Rex Tucker, declined to comment on the case.