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Bridgewater couple charged in burglary

A couple from Bridgewater are accused of stealing items from a Mitchell man’s storage shed.

Cynthia Hansen, 36, was arrested Oct. 24 for third-degree burglary because she had allegedly moved items from Michael Harger’s storage shed to an empty storage shed and, in the process, took some items including a TV, a metal fan and an aluminum tire rack. She allegedly intended to scrap them for money.

Hansen said she took the items to recover money Harger apparently owes to Hansen and her husband, according to court documents.

Harger reported the items stolen Oct. 24 — two days after Hansen allegedly stole them — when he saw them in the back of a pickup in an Avera Queen of Peace Hospital parking lot.

Third-degree burglary carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

John Hansen, 37, was arrested Oct. 24 for accessory to third-degree burglary for not informing law enforcement his wife stole items from Harger.

Hansen allegedly told police he knew his wife took the items and intended to scrap them for money. He allegedly admitted he also intended to scrap the items, including a metal fan, TV and aluminum tire rack, for money.

Accessory to third-degree burglary carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

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