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La Crescent Man Arrested for Church Burglary


LA CRESCENT, Min. (WXOW) – A cell phone number, displayed on a burglar's truck, lands him in jail.

La Crescent Police arrested John Galster, 50, from La Crescent, by using surveillance video that showed the suspects number on the side of his truck.

Police responded to a burglary report at the Prince of Peace Church, in La Crescent, Monday. When they arrived they saw the front door window of the church broken along with the door lock. The church secretary said that more than $2,800 worth of gift cards were stolen from the church office. The cards were for Woodman's, Kwik Trip and Quillin's.

Police said they contacted the Woodman's store in Onalaska, and discovered that some of the stolen cards had been used to purchase beer, cigarettes and automotive supplies.

Footage from the security camera was viewed by officers. According to the Criminal Complaint, the footage showed Galster using the stolen cards. Galster was then seen leaving the store in a maroon ford truck with a number on the truck. Officers said the number was Galster's cell phone number.

On Tuesday, the La Crescent Police Department confronted Galster. According to the Criminal Complaint, Galster admitted to breaking into the church and stealing the gift cards.

Galster is being charged in Houston County with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property.

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