Since the beginning of November, the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office investigated six burglaries and three motor vehicle thefts which were all believed to be related. Other area law enforcement agencies, including the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office, also experienced similar incidents including two burglaries.
On December 28th, 39-year-old Ryan Alan Jensen of Mankato led authorities on a vehicle pursuit in North Mankato driving a stolen vehicle from Blue Earth County. Ryan Jensen was arrested, and a follow-up investigation identified 33-year-old Jason Lee Martin of North Mankato as also involved in the recent burglaries.
Ryan Jensen is being held in the Nicollet County Jail and Jason Martin is being held in the Blue Earth County Jail on related charges. Property stolen during the recent burglaries included vehicles, a trailer, ATVs, firearms, and tools. North Mankato Police and agents from the MN River Valley Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation.
Anyone with additional information or questions is encouraged to contact the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 931-1570 or the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 304-4863 depending on the jurisdiction involved.