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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Man charged in string of laundromat burglaries


After eight different burglaries at area laundromats, a Duluth male is being charged with 16 felony counts and a misdemeanor. Nathaniel Veit, 35, faces multiple charges of second and third degree burglary, as well as fifth degree drug possession, driving after license revocation and possession of burglary tools.

According to the complaint, a Pine County deputy reported to JJ’s Laundromat in Sturgeon Lake, where a man tried to break into a machine. The description of the clothing and the vehicle the male was driving matched that of a male who had previously stolen change from machines at the laundromat in Hinckley.

Later that evening, a deputy was on patrol and saw a vehicle matching the description from the break-in earlier that day. The vehicle was parked outside Big Kettle Wash laundromat in Sandstone.

The deputy stopped the vehicle and the driver was identified as Veit. When the deputy approached the vehicle, he noticed an open duffel bag on the back seat. An assortment of tools including a socket set, screwdrivers, pliers and a sledge hammer were in the vehicle as well.

When the deputy ran a record check on Veit, he discovered that Veit’s license was revoked.

Another deputy arrived on the scene and noted a sweatshirt on one of the seats that matched the description from a burglary incident at Village Spin Laundromat in Hinckley. Veit was removed from the car and was arrested. Veit stated he did attempt to break into the laundromat in Hinckley but did not take any coins.

Surveillance footage revealed that the clothing articles inside Veit’s vehicle matched the clothing items worn during multiple burglaries of area laundromats.

Two methamphetamine pipes with a white, crystal-like substance were found in Veit’s vehicle, as well as three grams of meth.

Recent laundromat burglaries investigators believe Veit was involved in extend back to November 2017. There is currently an open complaint from St. Louis County against Veit for burglary in the third degree of an apartment laundry room and possession of theft tools.

For second degree burglary, Veit faces seven charges, and could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. He also faces seven charges of third degree burglary, which could result in up to five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. The felony charge of possession of burglary tools could result in a maximum sentence of three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. For fifth degree drug possession, he faces up to five years and/or a $10,000 fine. The final charge, a misdemeanor for driving after license revocation, Veit faces up to 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine.

Veit’s bail is set at $75,000 without conditions, $25,000 with.


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