Storage units burglarized, woman arrested in stolen Jeep
An Oakdale, Minn., woman was arrested late Saturday night, March 29, in connection with an alleged burglary at the Nike Storage Center in the town of Warren north of Roberts the previous day, and an alleged vehicle theft in River Falls on Wednesday, March 26.
Nicole Marie Bremer, 32, was pulled over in a tan colored 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the area of another storage facility off Commerce Drive in the town of Hudson at 11:11 p.m. Saturday night.
Bremer was charged with possession of methamphetamine and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. In addition, she had warrants for her arrest from Ramsey and Hennepin counties in Minnesota, St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said.
A sheriff’s deputy patrolling the area pulled Bremer over as she was leaving the area of the Commerce Drive storage units because the jeep she was driving matched the description released by law enforcement in connection with an alleged burglary at the Nike Storage Center the afternoon of March 28.
According to Knudson, police were called to the Nike facility at 1102 120th St. at 3:35 p.m. Friday. The son of the owner of the Nike facility had seen the Jeep backed up to several storage units as he arrived at the site. When he approached, the jeep abruptly took off.
Knudson said the latches were cut off five storage units, enabling the locks to be removed. Two other storage units were opened, but no lock was located for either one. It’s unclear whether the locks were stolen or if the units didn’t have locks in place at the time of the incident.
Property tax records list Sanford and Linda Brink as owners of the Nike facility.
Knudson said the tenants who rent the storage units are in the process of being notified. Law enforcement officials won’t know if anything was taken from the units until the tenants have a chance to go through them, so no charges have yet been filed in the suspected burglary.
Thanks to still photos from the security system at the Nike facility, police were able to release a description of the jeep that was seen backed up to the units.
“We believe she did not act alone due to evidence at the scene of the original burglary,” Knudson said.
On Wednesday, March 26, a River Falls resident reported the jeep had been taken from an open residential garage.
According to Knudson, the plates were taken off the jeep and temporary tags were put in place, making it difficult for police to recognize the vehicle as stolen.
The case remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.
Bremer was ordered to pay $2,500 cash bail Monday, March 31, at her initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court. A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, April 4.