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Published March 29, 2012, 07:30 PM

Police Say Moorhead Man Attempted Burglary With Detective on His Heels

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man charged with trying to break into an insurance agency here Wednesday was being followed on foot by a police detective investigating him in connection with a recent rash of burglaries, court records show.

By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man charged with trying to break into an insurance agency here Wednesday was being followed on foot by a police detective investigating him in connection with a recent rash of burglaries, court records show.

Burglaries were reported late last week at John Alexander’s and Juano’s restaurants, Riverzen and Joni Salon and Spa, all in Moorhead’s Kassenborg Block, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Juan Quevedo, 28, was identified as a suspect in those burglaries before being charged Thursday in Clay County District Court with third-degree attempted burglary for allegedly trying to break into Strand & Marcy Insurance Agency at 901 Center Ave. at about 1:24 a.m. Wednesday, court documents show.

According to the complaint, Moorhead Police Detective Ryan Nelson had been notified about an hour earlier that Fargo police were speaking with Quevedo about a report of someone trying to break into a car in Fargo.

Quevedo refused to talk to Fargo police, and when they released him from the police station, Nelson began following him, the complaint states.

Nelson followed Quevedo into Moorhead and was walking about half a block behind him when he approached the west window of Strand & Marcy Insurance Agency, grabbed the window with both hands and tried to open it, the complaint states.

Nelson continued to follow Quevedo and arrested him near the Moorhead Fire Department station on First Avenue.

Nelson noted in the complaint that Strand & Marcy was burglarized overnight last month, and that the suspect used the same west window to get inside.

Police lifted fingerprints and palm prints from the window Wednesday, and Nelson obtained a search warrant for Quevedo’s prints at the Clay County Jail for comparison to prints collected “at various burglary investigations,” documents show.

A separate search warrant granted last month indicated that police were trying to link a single suspect to burglaries that happened between Jan. 16 and Feb. 17 at Copy Kat Printing, 1624 Main Ave. S.; Moorhead Insurance, 2310 4th Ave. N.; American Family Insurance, 419 8th St. S.; Moorhead Drug Co., 510 Center Ave.; and Strand & Marcy.

Police also believe that same lone suspect was responsible for a home invasion at about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 9 in the 1100 block of Fifth Street South, according to the affidavit.

As of Thursday afternoon, Quevedo wasn’t charged with any of the burglaries referred to in the search warrant documents. He is only charged in connection with the attempted burglary at Strand & Marcy.

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