An Estherville man is in jail on burglary and drug charges following an arrest this past week.
According to a police report, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at about 5:45 a.m., the Estherville Police Department responded to a report of a car burglary in the 1000 block of Third Avenue South.
The complainant advised that sometime overnight, his vehicle had been broken into and a wallet was stolen. Estherville police officers took another report from the next door neighbor that someone had been inside of his garage and that there were footprints in the snow.
Police officers on scene were able to gather evidence and track the suspect in the burglaries to his residence at 421 S. Ninth St. Upon arrival, officers located a large amount of property in the yard that they believed had been taken in other burglaries that night, and were able to find that the suspect had entered another garage south of his residence.
While officers were securing the residence and obtaining a search warrant, the suspect, identified as Jeremy VanTrump, age 30, of Estherville arrived at the house and was taken into custody. VanTrump was found to be in possession of items that he had stolen from the Hy-Vee Store. VanTrump was transported to the Law Enforcement Center where he was eventually turned over to the Emmet County Jail staff to be booked into jail.
Officers executed a search warrant on the residence in an attempt to locate the stolen property from the car and garage burglaries. Officers entered the house and immediately found drug paraphernalia.
A second search warrant for illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia was obtained. During the search, officers located stolen property from the initial reported car burglary, items taken from additional car burglaries, items stolen from at least one garage, drug paraphernalia, and approximately a half pound of marijuana.
VanTrump was charged with two counts of third degree burglary, four counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, possession of an unlawful prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and fifth-degree theft.
VanTrump remains in the Emmet County Jail at this time with a bond of $42,000 cash or surety.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.