A squad car converged upon a residence in the 400 block of Central Avenue South in the early morning hours of July 25.
Within a few hours three people were placed under arrest and eventually charged in connection to a burglary a day earlier in Foreston.
The situation began to play out at 6:12 a.m. July 25 when a Mille Lacs County deputy was dispatched to Central Avenue South on a report of a disturbance.
Residents of the home had allegedly got into an early-morning argument with Matthew Harvey, 31, of Zimmerman; Jeffery Anderson, 48, of Foreston; and Ashley Boylan, 21, of Foley, after the three attempted to take a trailer that had been parked at the residence.
Two days earlier, Harvey and Anderson allegedly took the trailer and returned it full of what one of the residents believed to be stolen property. One of the women also alleged that Boylan said, “I kidnapped a dog.”
On July 24 a dog had been reported stolen from a Foreston home, according to court records.
While the deputy was taking a statement from the residents, a blue conversion van drove by the Central Avenue residence. It was that van that Harvey, Anderson and Boylan had been in with the dog, they said.
The deputy pursued the van and located it at a convenience store and gas station a few blocks north. Anderson was driving the van. Harvey and Boylan were in the back of the van. The dog was not with them and they denied knowing anything about the dog, records state.
The deputy returned to the Central Avenue residence. It was then that the residents showed the deputy a trailer filled with tools, fishing gear, stereo equipment, a ladder, bikes and other miscellaneous items.
A day earlier, on July 24, a home in Foreston had been burglarized. The deputy contacted that homeowner and asked him to come to Milaca and look at the items in the trailer. He identified several of the items as being his, court records state. The man said the merchandise stolen was valued at $2,000 to $2,500. This is also the same man who had reported his dog stolen. He couldn’t place a value on the dog, but stated it was a breeding dog and its puppies had sold for over $2,000 each.
While returning home, the man was passed by a vehicle driving very fast away from his driveway, reports state. When he got home, he observed that the dog had been returned.
Later in the day, the deputy once again located the blue conversion van and once again Harvey, Anderson and Boylan were in the van. Boylan was interviewed and allegedly changed her story several times, court records state. She eventually admitted to taking the dog from the Foreston home. Court records state that she was then arrested and pleaded with Harvey and Anderson “to tell the truth.”
Harvey and Anderson continued to deny any knowledge of the burglary or theft of the dog.
But Boylan, in a statement to a second deputy, stated that she was at the Foreston residence with Anderson and Harvey. She stated she waited in a car while Anderson and Harvey were in the house. She took the dog and Anderson put several tools in the trunk, court records state.
Anderson and Harvey were then arrested.
Anderson and Harvey were each charged in Mille Lacs county District Court with two counts of felony burglary and a felony count of receiving stolen property. Boylan was charged with two felony counts of aiding and abetting a burglary and a felony count of receiving stolen property.