Windom officer recovers city’s stolen copper wire

WINDOM -- A Mankato woman and Madison Lake man were arrested May 26 in Windom after allegedly stealing 660 pounds of copper wire from the city's electric department.


WINDOM - A Mankato woman and Madison Lake man were arrested May 26 in Windom after allegedly stealing 660 pounds of copper wire from the city’s electric department.

Corinna F. Nielsen, 36, and Tory Shelton, 42, face charges in Cottonwood County District Court after a traffic stop by a Windom Police officer led to the discovery of approximately $1,500 worth of copper cable in their possession missing from the City of Windom Electric Department.

The duo were charged Tuesday with theft of property and possession of burglary theft tools, both felonies, and drug possession of 1.4 grams or more, a misdemeanor. Nielsen also faces no vehicle registration and driving after revocation charges, both misdemeanors. A conviction of the greatest offense (felony theft) is punishable of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

According to the criminal complaint, a Windom police officer observed Nielsen’s vehicle traveling on 12th Street in Windom around 5 a.m. Saturday at a high rate of speed, with no front license plate. It stopped abruptly at an intersection, causing her front tires to lock up.

Upon contact, Nielsen said that she and her boyfriend, Shelton, were helping a friend move from Luverne, where the copper wire stacked in the back of the vehicle came from.


Shelton was not immediately noticed in the vehicle until Nielsen told the officer the two had been having an argument. Shelton was later seen in the back of the vehicle against the cable wire. The officer suspected suspicious activity, and contacted the city’s electrical department. The department responded that they had a copper wire pile, which was now significantly smaller than it had been.

The duo were arrested and a full vehicle search was conducted. The search allegedly produced a bolt/wire cutter, marijuana and a price list for metal recycling companies out of Makato.

Shelton also had an arrest warrant issued for a theft charge in Blue Earth County.


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