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Northern Iowa man nabbed in Minnesota after attempted theft of ATM machine at bank

LEDYARD, IOWA – A Northern Iowa man was nabbed in Minnesota after the attempted theft of an ATM machine at a bank.

On August 18, 2022 at about 6 AM, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a break-in at Bank Plus in Ledyard, Iowa. Deputies responded to the scene and discovered that someone had entered the building and attempted to forcefully remove the ATM machine. The suspect then attempted to break the machine open and was unsuccessful.

A description of the suspect vehicle and person were identified through video surveillance and information was shared to all area law enforcement agencies. Kossuth County Deputies worked with Palo Alto County, Emmet County and Winnebago County in Iowa, as well as Martin County and Faribault County in Minnesota in an ongoing investigation of a stolen vehicle and several break-ins and thefts throughout the area over the past few weeks. The information gathered in the Bank Plus break-in lead to area agencies able to identify a stolen vehicle out of Palo Alto County and help gather evidence on several other reported crimes throughout a six county area.

The joint investigation lead to the arrest of Jacob Govern, age 25 of ledyard, in Martin County on a burglary charge as well as a theft warrant for Jacob Govern issued out of Winnebago County. Other agencies, including Kossuth County, are still gathering evidence with charges pending. More information will be released when the investigation is concluded. Sheriff’s Offices from Martin County, Faribault County, Emmet County, Palo Alto County, Winnebago County, and Kossuth County are involved in this on-going investigation.

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