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NU man accused of robbing Fort Road residence

NICOLLET COUNTY — A surveillance camera still photo led to a felony second-degree burglary charge against a 26-year-old New Ulm man accused of stealing a number of items from a Fort Road residence in Lafayette Township May 26.

The charge was filed Monday against Jordan L. Drexler, 1513 N. Payne St., New Ulm, in Nicollet County District Court. Drexler is set to appear in court at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 9.

According to court documents, the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office received a break-in report May 26 at the residence from a man who said it was occupied by his father until he recently died.

The man said when he arrived at the residence, he noticed an open door and muddy footprints in the kitchen and hall. He reported missing items including a large number of coins, a Magnavox flat-screen television, a heater, small tool box, floor jack, Stihl chainsaw and an air fryer. The man said there were a number of surveillance cameras on the property.

The next day, a woman viewed camera footage and posted still shots on Facebook, seeking the public’s help to identify the man in the video. She said a person responded to her post and identified the man in the video as Drexler.

On May 28, Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Marc Chadderdon talked to Drexler who was apologetic and asked law enforcement to come take everything back. Chadderdon met Drexler who brought items to Chadderdon’s squad vehicle.

Drexler later went to his apartment and retrieved items including an air fryer and the flat-screen television, then took Chadderdon to his friend’s garage and provided a portable heater, floor jack and chainsaw.

Family members of the former residence owner identified items returned to law enforcement as missing from the home.

Chadderton talked to Drexler again. Dresxler saidhe had been at Mettler’s Bar & Restaurant in Mankato, had a few drinks, left and the next thing he remembered was waking up Saturday morning in his apartment and later finding the items in his car.

Drexler was convicted three times in Brown County Court including misdemeanor giving a false name to a peace officer and felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle on Oct. 5, 2015; and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle on Feb. 12, 2012.

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