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Worthington men arrested following fairgrounds break-in attempt

WORTHINGTON -- Three Worthington men allegedly in pursuit of alcohol they believed to be at the Nobles County Fairgrounds are facing burglary-related charges after they were found with burglary tools at the scene.

WORTHINGTON - Three Worthington men allegedly in pursuit of alcohol they believed to be at the Nobles County Fairgrounds are facing burglary-related charges after they were found with burglary tools at the scene.

According to court documents, Coal A. Mayer, 19, Jason Meyer, 21, and Cody J. Hernandez, 20, were found at the Nobles County Fairgrounds by Worthington police officers around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in response to a trespassing call.

Law enforcement discovered Meyer first near the race track; he claimed to have been alone. Officers later found Mayer and Hernandez hiding behind a food vendor building with a bolt cutter near their feet and a can of WD-40 on a nearby ledge. Hernandez admitted to having food, which was stolen earlier from Walmart, in his backpack.

After their arrests, Meyer and Hernandez claimed to have stolen the bolt cutter, WD-40 and food from Walmart shortly before traveling to the fairgrounds with the intent to break into a food vendor building in which they believed alcohol was stored. Mayer didn’t claim responsibility for the plan, but allegedly told law enforcement he was going to help.

This incident comes within nine days of other burglary-related charges filed against Mayer in connection to an August burglary in Round Lake.

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All three suspects are charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools, both felonies. Meyer and Hernandez also face a misdemeanor theft charge.

Mayer’s conditional bail was scheduled at $25,000 and his unconditional at $50,000.

Meyer’s was scheduled at $30,000 with conditions or $60,000 without.

Hernandez’s conditional bail was scheduled at $500 or $15,000 without.

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