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September 20, 2013

Woman wants couple charged for burglary

MANKATO — One guy allegedly walked into a woman's kitchen, apparently intoxicated, and demanded a taco for breakfast.

Another man wandered into an apartment full of sleeping people early in the morning, threw a fan, helped himself to a beer in the kitchen and stopped in the bathroom to use some lotion before going into an occupied bedroom to play Guitar Hero.

Those two men were charged with first-degree burglary as a result of the Sept. 13 allegations. A woman who lives downtown said she doesn't understand why two more people — a man and woman she says walked into her house and started having sex in her bedroom last weekend — aren't facing the same charges.

Colleen Lindberg told her brother to call 911 at about 2:15 a.m. Sept. 14. She had been downstairs using the bathroom and getting a drink of water when she heard a female voice in her backyard, she said.

Her house at 310 E. Cherry St. is along the path of people walking home after downtown's bars close, so she assumed someone was "using my yard as a urinal again." That suspicion changed when she heard a noise on the third floor of her house, which is an attic that had been converted into a bedroom. That bedroom is her bedroom.

"I heard my patio door open and I said, 'This isn't good,'" Lindberg said.

At that point her brother, Bernard Lindberg, went out the front of the house with a flashlight. The house was once a duplex, so wooden steps were built outside to meet fire codes. There is a small landing at the top of the steps outside a door to Colleen Lindberg's third-floor bedroom.

"Bernie was shining a light on the stairs and he said he didn't see anything," she said. "So I said, 'If they're not on the landing, they're in my bedroom. Call 911.'

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