Charges could total in dozens
A man called Zero could soon face dozens of charges in connection with a string of unsolved burglaries. The 32-year-old Moorhead man appeared in Clay County District Court Tuesday on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. But Mark Rei Zero...
A man called Zero could soon face dozens of charges in connection with a string of unsolved burglaries.
The 32-year-old Moorhead man appeared in Clay County District Court Tuesday on a felony charge of receiving stolen property.
But Mark Rei Zero, 924 24th Ave. S., will likely face more charges once investigators finish going through more than 3,000 pieces of evidence taken from his home last week, said Moorhead Police Lt. Bob Larson.
Police have linked Zero to thefts from eight Fargo businesses, including a Sept. 7 burglary at the American Red Cross, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
In all, he is suspected in more than 30 burglaries locally, but it will take time for police to tie the evidence to the specific burglaries, Larson said.
"Law enforcement have their work cut out for them," said Chief Assistant Clay County Attorney Ken Kohler.
The Cass County State's Attorney's Office is reviewing police reports and may also file charges.
Police in Oakdale, Minn., suspect Zero in several unsolved burglary cases, court records say.
In those cases, police believe he sold computers and other high-end electronic equipment to other individuals who eventually listed the items on eBay, records say.
Moorhead police believe Zero, also known as Troy William Miles, is the burglar they've dubbed "Shoe Boy," based on shoe prints left at crime scenes.
Police found shoes with matching tread marks in Zero's apartment, records say.
Zero, from the Anoka, Minn., area, has several burglary and theft-related felony convictions on his record, records show.
He is being held in the Clay County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. Zero declined an interview request.
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