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Drunk male takes shelter in Sibley, Iowa store

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news Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

SIBLEY, Iowa -- An intoxicated male seeking shelter from the cold caused some damage to a Sibley grocery store early Tuesday morning.

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According to information released by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, a deputy discovered broken glass at the entry door of Sibley Super Foods at about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Upon investigation, officers also determined that entry was gained through an unlocked rear door.

An in-store surveillance camera captured the image of what appeared to be an intoxicated suspect sleeping in the store and then breaking the front door glass to exit the building.

The suspect was located at about 7 a.m. in Sibley. Zachary James Thronson, 24, of Fargo, N.D., was taken into custody and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, a serious misdemeanor; fifth-degree theft, trespassing and public intoxication, all simple misdemeanors. Investigating offers determined that a charge of burglary did not apply because of the suspect's level of intoxication, the extreme cold weather, the unlocked door and lack of intent.

Thronson posted $1,900 bond and was released.

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