Third man faces burglary charges

FAIRMONT – Burglary and theft charges against a 19-year-old Jackson man, Dylan Thomas Thompson, were filed in Martin County on Wednesday.

Thompson, along with brothers Bryan and Brandon Poppe of rural Trimont, is accused of being involved with numerous thefts of tractors, tools and other ag implements throughout the summer.

The bulk of the crimes appear to have been committed in Martin County, but the three also could face charges in Jackson and Watonwan counties, along with Emmet County in Iowa.

“The cases will be handled separately,” said Martin County Attorney Terry Viesselman. “As far as we know right now, there was only one case in Jackson County for the Ag-Chem tools, and we know of one in Emmet County and one in Watonwan County.”

However, because items are still being recovered and more reports have been filed about missing equipment, it is possible more charges could be added.

“We just brought back some more items from Jackson County,” said Martin County Sheriff’s Capt. Corey Klanderud. “And we’ve been getting more calls since the arrests were first announced.”

According to information from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office:

From May through August, there were numerous reports of thefts from western Martin County that involved tractors, tools and ag implements.

Officials began to suspect Thompson and Bryan Poppe, as they were spotted baling hay with a tractor that matched the description of one reported stolen. It was also learned that Poppe’s younger brother, Brandon Poppe, could be involved.

Both Poppes were interviewed in Martin County, and a Jackson County Sheriff Deputy located Thompson and brought him to Jackson County’s Sheriff’s Department for questioning.

When asked about specific thefts, Thompson admitted to being present and involved in the thefts, and his description of what occurred and what was taken were similar to answers given by the Poppes.

Thirteen thefts were reported from May through August, with the value of the items stolen estimated between $200,000 and $250,000.

Thompson is in custody in Jackson County, while Bryan Poppe is being held in the Martin County Jail. Brandon Poppe, a juvenile, is being held in a juvenile detention facility.

Thompson faces 12 charges, with three counts of third-degree burglary; maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He also faces eight counts of theft; one with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine; five with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, and one with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Thompson also is charged with one gross misdemeanor count of theft; maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Thompson also faces one count of first-degree criminal damage to property; maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.