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Three Mankato Men Charged in Series of Thefts

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Three Mankato men are facing felony charges for a series of thefts resulting in over $25,000 worth of items stolen in Cleveland, Minnesota.

The charges, filed by the Le Sueur County Sheriff's office allege that 22–year–old Cameron Schmidt, and 19–year–olds Sean Schmidt and Derrick Butson stole three off–road motorcycles, 15 guns, paint ball equipment, power tools, liquor and cash in two separate incidents dating July 22 and 29th in the rural Cleveland area.

The three are currently being held at the Le Sueur County jail as they face three felony charges for theft of a firearm, theft, and burglary in the third degree.

In all, they could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted on all three charges.

Bail is set for $5,000 for both Schmidts and $2,500 for Butson.

Investigator Bruce Collins says that while these suspects are in custody, the public should always remain vigilant, especially in rural areas.

Investigator Bruce Collins says, "These incidents happened out at rural residences and unfortunately people involved in criminal conduct choose rural residents because they're a little more isolated. So I would just ask the public to be alert to what's going on in their area."

The Le Sueur County Sheriff's office has recovered two of the three bikes and three of the firearms.

They are seeking the public's help to help recover the remaining items.