Sheriff Issues Warning After String of Fish House Break-Ins in Rice County

February 07, 2018 06:37 PM

The Rice County Sheriff's Department has issued a warning after a string of break-ins at fish houses on area lakes.

Over the past two weeks alone, 16 fish houses on four lakes have been broken into. The thefts occurred on French, Shields, Mazanska and Roberts Lakes.


Fishing equipment and electronics were stolen. 

"This equipment isn't cheap, and it's hard to go and buy new stuff if it gets stolen," fisherman Max Meister said.

"I'm going to take everything with me and make sure it's locked up."

Sheriff deputies on snowmobiles are now teaming up with the Minnesota DNR to step up nighttime patrols on the county's lakes.

Authorities remind people to take valuables with them, and not to leave them in their fish house. 

Anyone with any information on the break-ins is asked to contact the Rice County Sheriff's Department at (507) 332-6010.



Joe Mazan

Copyright 2018 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company


Over 10,000 People Expected at Local "March For Our Lives" in St. Paul

Authorities Release New Information in Homicide Involving Paynesville Couple

Snow Expected Overnight, Will Taper Off By Saturday Afternoon

KSTP Sports' Boys State Hoops Central

Father of Man Killed in Alexandria Hit-And-Run Makes Emotional Plea

Report: Guardian Ad Litem Program Overwhelmed, Lacks Standards and Oversight