The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 10, 2013

Residential burglary cleans out family's heirloom jewelry

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MANKATO —

Garth Ringheim said the family is hoping the stolen items can be recovered even though nearly two weeks have passed since the burglary. He also said, as a burglary victim, he now recommends Mankato residents think about security for their homes. He said his mother’s house is “wired to the hilt” now, but it wasn’t when he was there last.

“I was there four days after the burglary and it was unnerving knowing what had happened,” he said. “It’s a major violation of your premises. They don’t just rob you of your jewelry, they rob you of your personal well-being and your sense of safety.”

Marilyn Ringheim said the burglar or burglars entered her house through a back door. A window was broken and someone apparently reached in and turned a doorknob. The house wasn’t messed up, either, which suggests someone knew where to look, she said.

Her son said he suspects it took awhile to get everything out of the house.

“It wasn’t just a simple snatch and grab,” Garth Ringheim said. “So chances are they were casing the joint for awhile.”

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