Security camera catches breakin at sheriff’s home

GRANITE FALLS — A 36-year-old Springfield man and 29-year-old Marshall woman face felony first and third-degree felony burglary charges in Yellow Medicine County after a home security system alerted the homeowner that a vehicle was in the driveway of his home Dec. 27.

The homeowner, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten, got into his squad car and shortly after pulled over the suspects, Michael A. Chenoweth, 36, Springfield; and Ashley D. Schultz, 29, Marshall, on a rural road. The couple was taken into custody with help from a sheriff’s deputy and Granite Falls Police.

Flaten was in the sheriff’s office when he was notified by a cell phone app that a silver vehicle was in his driveway and a man wearing a hoodie was walking to his front door, according to the complaint.

The sheriff called his 12-year-old son at home who confirmed that a car was there. Using his phone, the sheriff saw a man and woman walk out of his garage with armloads of items they placed in the car.

After the arrest at gunpoint, the officers found DeWalt power tools, a battery charger, game camera, depth finder, and other items with the sheriff’s name inscribed on them. In addition, drug paraphernalia including a syringe, digital scale and glass pipe were found in the car.

Chenoweth’s unconditional bail was set at $150,000; $100,000 with conditions, Dec. 28. Schultz’ bail was set at $150,000 without conditions, $75,000 with conditions. The pair remained in custody at the Yellow Medicine County Jail as of Dec. 30.