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Two Pipestone men arrested, charged following business break-in

PIPESTONE -- Two Pipestone men accused of burglarizing and stealing money from their former employer and Pipestone establishment were arrested and booked into the Pipestone County Jail Tuesday.

PIPESTONE -- Two Pipestone men accused of burglarizing and stealing money from their former employer and Pipestone establishment were arrested and booked into the Pipestone County Jail Tuesday.

James K. Blankenship, 26, and Lucas J. Lowman, 36, face third-degree burglary charges after allegedly breaking into Lange’s Cafe in Pipestone and stealing approximately $1,000 from the Eighth Street eatery. The felony-level offense is punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

The charge stems from a reported burglary early Tuesday morning by a Lange’s Cafe employee. The employee told law enforcement that they observed two males with dark-colored hooded sweatshirts running from the establishment around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.  

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement and personnel from Lange’s Cafe were able to identify Blankenship and Lowman as the suspects from video surveillance recorded by a nearby gas station.

An area of the cafe was damaged and cash, loose change and waitress tips were allegedly missing.

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Both Blankenship and Lowman were once employed by Lange’s Cafe, the complaint cites.

Blankenship’s bail was set at $10,000 with conditions or $20,000 without. Lowman’s was set at $2,500 with conditions or $10,000 without.

The duo is scheduled to make their initial appearance July 17 in Pipestone County District Court.

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