Two felony arrests stem from search

FL police followed trail after three arrived here in stolen vehicle

Clint Riese
News Editor

One was caught the first night, a second the next, and a third is still on the loose. That’s the status after Forest Lake police followed the trail of a trio of males up to no good here over the weekend.

Marcus William Alexander of White Bear Lake and Charles Donald Jungwirth of St. Paul were arrested during a string of activity that spanned parts of three days.

It all started late Saturday night when local police received a call concerning three suspicious males in the vicinity of the alley leading from the 100 block of Eighth Avenue NE to Faith Lutheran Church.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a vehicle that had been stolen from White Bear Lake not even an hour beforehand, according to Capt. Greg Weiss. Authorities also found a black glove, which they determined to be evidence of possible burglaries.

FLPD entered and searched the church, while a State Patrol helicopter buzzed overhead and a Washington County Sheriff’s Office canine combed the nearby swamp and woods.

The building was found to be empty, but the canine turned up more evidence in the form of a glove and hat, Weiss said.

Meanwhile, just into Sunday morning, police received a report of a man from Chisago City who had his truck stolen while he was inside the Holiday gas station at 1208 W. Broadway Ave.

Police took reports from three witnesses who had talked to a trio of males that had sought a ride to White Bear Lake.

Following a tip, an officer headed to Walmart to check security video. Weiss said the officer found a male in the Walmart parking lot that matched the description of one of the three males from the gas station. It was Alexander. The 26-year-old admitted to going through cars by Faith Lutheran, according to Weiss. Alexander was arrested at 4:30 a.m. and charged with aiding and abetting possession of stolen property, a felony.

Then, at 2:55 a.m. on Monday, an officer was flagged down by the Kwik Trip gas station on Highway 97 by a man who said he had just scared off a male who was going through his car just across the border into Columbus. Weiss said a FLPD officer soon afterward found Jungwirth walking along the highway. Alexander had named Jungwirth as one of the men he was with on Saturday night.

Jungwirth, 30, was charged with possession of theft tools as well as the felony count of aiding and abetting possession of stolen property.

The third suspect is yet to be located, as is the truck taken from Holiday, a 2004 Ford F-150.

Weiss said it is fortunate that the original call came in so quickly after the stolen car arrived in town.

“We were on them pretty fast Saturday night,” he said. “If they had all night to work our town we would’ve been really busy Sunday morning.”