2/28/2013 10:40:00 AM Suspect arrested on burglary charges
A burglar alarm at Peterson Jewelry in downtown Windom alerted police to a possible break-in early Tuesday morning.
As it turned out, nothing was reported missing from the store, but it was determined that someone had entered an exterior door and busted open another door, in the store's basement.
Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Josh Partlow found a hole in the glass window of the store's back door. Nearby, Partlow was greeted by a man dressed in all black, according to a complaint filed in Cottonwood County District Court.
The man in black was later identified as Christopher Michael Perkins, 29, of Minneapolis. Perkins has been charged with third-degree burglary and is being held at the Cottonwood County Law Enforcement Center.
According to the complaint, Perkins was wearing black gloves and carrying a flashlight and backpack when Partlow found him. Perkins told Partlow he did not break the window on the Peterson Jewelry door.
Perkins was asked to explain why he was in the alley at 5:38 a.m. According to the complaint, Perkins told Officer Partlow he had been looking at some printers that were in the alley and looking for a place to get out of the wind.
Upon further investigation, Officers Partlow and Donna Marcy found that the building's back door was unlocked and a basement door belonging to Peterson Jewelry was kicked in. The complaint states that the tread on the bottom of Perkins' shoes matched the footprint that officers found on the damaged basement door.
The third-degree burglary charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
Authorities are also investigating break-ins that occurred the same night at D&L storage (owned by Dick and Linda Vortherms of Windom). Several locked mini-storage lockers were reportedly entered that night.
As of Tuesday afternoon, charges had not yet been filed in connection with the D&L break-ins. Nothing was reported missing from the storage lockers.