Sheriff: 2 suspects in custody may be connected to rural Cass County burglaries
Break-ins were in Casselton, Horace and Kindred.
HORACE — Two men are in custody and could possibly be connected to a string of commercial burglaries in small towns in rural Cass County, according to Sheriff Jesse Jahner.
Jahner said the names of the two couldn't be released at this time as the cases are still being investigated. Detectives have been talking to lawyers for the two suspects.
He said the two in custody could be charged in break-ins at the Red Baron Lounge, Piper Tax Service and DJ’s Plumbing and Heating in Casselton, Big Irv's Bar & Grill in Horace and a bar in Kindred.
"We think they could all be related," Jahner said.
The men are being held in the Cass County Jail.
Jahner added they don't believe the three men arrested early Monday morning and who face charges in a burglary at a home in a new construction area just outside of Horace are connected to the other cases.
Dozens of burglaries have been reported in the Fargo-Moorhead area since September. The burglars have been targeting safes and businesses with large amounts of cash.
In most of the cases, it appears the burglars are using pry bars to enter businesses through back doors.
The sheriff's office has been working with Fargo and West Fargo police on the burglaries.
In hopes of curbing crime, city officials are encouraging business owners to set alarms, maintain surveillance equipment, lock buildings during non-business hours and install floodlights outside businesses, especially at entrances and exits.