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Over $5,000 worth stolen in Willow River burglary


January 24, 2019

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Mugshots of Britney Boone (left) and Kevin Potter (right).

Two people were charged in relation to a burglary in Willow River in which over $5,000 of items were stolen from a garage.

On Jan. 11, Pine County authorities charged Kevin Zachary Potter, 30, and Britney Marie Boone, 24, both listing an address in Coon Rapids, in the crime. Both were charged with the following: receiving stolen property, burglary in the third degree, drugs fifth degree (meth), and endangering a child. The first two charges are felonies.

According to the charging document, in late December, a homeowner living in Willow River reported his garage was broken into. Two generators were among the items that were missing. The burglars removed the lights for a motion detector and also did damage to the garage. Authorities took DNA samples off several items that were moved in the garage.

Eleven days later, the property owner called authorities to report he was at a local pawn shop, where he located some of his items. A deputy investigated, and an employee stated Britney Boone had pawned several of the items that were stolen out of the garage. Boone also pawned another item and gave a contact of another person, who was a renter of the victim. Authorities had previous contact with this renter.

On Jan. 10, a search warrant was executed at the home, and both Boone and Potter were located in the home, along with Potter and Boone's two small children. During the search, deputies found numerous small, plastic baggies containing a white crystal- like substance sitting on top of a table in the basement. This was in the same area as the children's play area, and, a deputy noted, within reach of one of the children. Also located in the residence were numerous items that were stolen from the garage.

Boone agreed to talk to deputies, the complaint said, and stated that they had been staying at the residence since her mother passed away. She said she had no idea where the items were from, but said she pawned them at the request of Potter, who said he did not have an ID.

Thousands of dollars of the victim's items were located in the bedroom used by Potter and Boone.

After taking them into custody, a notebook was found in Potter's pocket, in which many of the stolen items were listed, and the note "sell" on the page, with prices for the items.

After the arrest, child protection was called.


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