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Luverne man charged with burglary and drug possession

Jeffrey Cook has been charged with third degree burglary after allegedly stealing narcotics from an ambulance.

LUVERNE — Jeffrey William Cook, 34, of Luverne has been charged with a felony-count of burglary and a gross misdemeanor drug possession count in connection with the theft of narcotics from a Sanford Ambulance garage.

On Nov. 2, the Rock County Sheriff’s office received a report of a burglary at the Sanford Luverne Ambulance garage. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke to ambulance personnel, who stated that staff were doing truck checks and found medications missing from one of the ambulances.

Security camera footage revealed a gray Ford SUV had pulled into the ambulance garage and ambulance personnel reportedly observed Cook, a former employee, walking by the ambulance office. The ambulance worker also stated that Cook appeared to take a garage door opener from the office before removing several narcotics with syringes from an ambulance. According to the report, the deputy received a list of the stolen narcotics, which included Fentanyl, Ativan, Versed, Ketamine and Cardizem.

The deputy was informed at the Rock County Sheriff's Office that Cook was involved in a motor vehicle crash in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a gray Ford SUV. The deputy also remembered seeing a welfare check for Cook’s address, and contacted Cook’s wife for consent to search the home, which she supplied.

At the home, the deputy allegedly found syringe wrappers matching those taken from the ambulance garage in the garbage, as well as needle caps and syringes in the basement.

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A South Dakota state trooper informed Rock County deputies that Cook had been taken to the ER, where a nurse had reportedly caught him shooting up with Ativan. The Trooper also indicated that Cook was found with a bag containing multiple vials of different narcotics, and that Cook would be arrested shortly.

A narcotics officer later informed Rock County personnel that Cook had confessed to the burglary and drug use.

If convicted, Cook faces a maximum of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for the burglary charges, and one year for drug possession with a $3,000 fine.

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