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Man arrested after alleged theft at Bomgaars Store

LUVERNE — A Lake Park, Iowa, man was arrested Monday night after allegedly stealing more than $1,200 worth of barbed wire rolls from the Bomgaars Store in Luverne. 

Kirk Michael Kane, 50, is facing one felony count of theft and second-degree assault. He also faces one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office received a report Monday night of an individual stealing items from the fenced-in area at Bomgaars. When deputies arrived at the scene, they surrounded the area and saw the suspect climbing down from the fence.

According to court documents, Kane began to run southeast toward his pickup in a nearby parking lot. The suspect made it to the vehicle and a deputy positioned himself in front of the pickup, warning him to stop.

Kane then allegedly rapidly accelerated directly at the deputy, who had to jump to the side at the last minute to avoid being hit. The truck spun around and the rear end swerved in the gravel as it proceeded out of the lot and east onto Gabrielson Drive, according to court documents.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies then backtracked to their squad cars and began pursuing the vehicle. The pickup turned west on Mag Road and proceeded as if heading toward ShopKo, but at the last minute made a sudden turn into the Super 8 Motel gravel lot and headed northwest.

The vehicle then turned as if it was to head east, and a deputy lined up his squad car to attempt to ram the truck to force it to stop. The truck then made a sudden stop, and deputies ordered Kane to get out.

Kane was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where he refused to speak with deputies. The pickup truck was inventoried, and numerous rolls of barbed wire were located in the bed of the pickup. According to court documents, the barbed wire was an exact match to the three rolls discovered outside of Bomgaars, where the suspect was allegedly seen throwing them out.

A Bomgaars employee arrived and indicated that it appeared 18 rolls had been taken, noting that the price was $69.99 per roll. This was the count after the three rolls outside the fence were returned to the store.

The caller who reported the incident told law enforcement she believed three people fled the scene, not just Kane. Deputies searched with the assistance of the Lyon County K-9 unit but were unsuccessful in finding any accomplices.

According to court records, Kane’s criminal history is extensive and includes numerous thefts and burglaries.

Kane is currently in custody at the Nobles County Jail and makes his initial appearance in court Monday.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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