Wagner charged with two counts of second degree burglarly, and five counts of first degree damage to property
A Crookston man faces decades in prison if convicted of the seven felony charges against him after he allegedly broke into and/or damaged multiple local businesses and residential property in late August. Bryan Alvin Wagner, 18, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and five counts of first-degree damage to property.
He is currently held at the Northwest Regional Correctional Center on $7,500 cash bail or $100,000 bond without conditions.
According to the court complaint, on August 30 at approximately 3:30 a.m., Crookston police officers responded to an alarm activated at Agassiz Federal Credit Union and found that the glass doors to the north and rear were shattered. A Crookston Police Department Sergeant observed a trail of coins on the ground leading south from the rear door. Officers traveled south and found the front door of Strander’s Abstract & Title LLC smashed and a window at State Farm insurance office broken.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived to assist and found that a door at American Federal Bank had also been smashed. The deputies traveled on foot and spoke with two individuals who said they saw a male attempt to break into their motor vehicle. The male was described as Native American with long hair and wearing a blue shirt, and white pants. As the officers continued to walk around the area they observed scattered coins/change and a necklace surrounded by shattered glass, said the complaint.
Officers called the Grand Forks K-9 Unit to assist in tracking the suspect. At approximately 4:30 a.m., officers gathered at the Agassiz Federal Credit Union parking lot to expand their search and a male, who matched the description they were given earlier, came within the vicinity. One of the officers asked the male to come over and speak with him, and observed that the male (identified as Wagner) had blood on his hands, face, arms, shirt and pants, and he was not wearing shoes. Wagner denied being inside any of the banks. After the two individuals who had witnessed him trying to break into their motor vehicle earlier positively identified him, Wagner was placed under arrest.
During a pat-down search of Wagner after he was read his Miranda rights and refused to give a statement, officers found a pocket full of coins.
Later, a CPD detective photographed the area around Agassiz Federal CU and observed coins - rolls of quarters, dimes and nickels - which appeared to have been thrown at the glass door. He also observed blood droplets in multiple locations. Inside American Federal Bank, the detective saw that the teller area had been ransacked, computer monitors and keyboards on the floor, tables and chairs overturned and desks cleared.
Police also received another report of a motor vehicle being tampered with and entered in front of Northern Lumber, and damage at Trinity Lutheran Church and a residential home later that morning.
Detectives were able to review surveillance camera footage from various locations and saw Wagner commit the crimes. At Agassiz Federal Credit Union, Wagner was seen walking inside and then running back out.
An approximate estimate from Thief River Glass that day listed the damage to exceed $10,000.