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NY Mills men arrested for Fergus burglaries

A pair of New York Mills men have been charged in connection with garage burglaries and car break-ins in Fergus Falls.

Jonathan Dennis Bromen, 19, of New York Mills, along with Kevin Lee Benson, 18, of Warroad, are charged with multiple counts of third degree burglary, motor vehicle tampering and theft related to break-ins March 10. Bromen is also charged with second degree assault for allegedly chasing a homeowner with a golf club.

Both men were part of a four-person group that rummaged through dozens of vehicles, broke into garages and left stolen items in yards, according to a criminal complaint.

Other counts against Bromen and the Warroad man include damage to property and fleeing a peace officer.

Another New York Mills man, Scotty Lee Jay, 20, was arrested with Benson in Fergus Falls. Bromen and a 17-year-old suspect were arrested at residences in New York Mills.

The group allegedly broke into cars and stole items, as well as entered garages and took items including stereos, fire extinguishers, chainsaws, a portable video system, a BB gun and an air cylinder gun, according to the complaint. Residents and police later found several stolen items strewn in yards.

A golf club and the air cylinder gun were used to threaten a man after he saw individuals with flashlights in his garage in Fergus Falls. The man chased the suspects from his property around 2:30 a.m. March 10, at which point, Bromen is alleged to have turned toward the property owner and chased him with a golf club.

Benson and Bromen are being held in the Otter Tail County Detention Facility and are scheduled to appear in court March 23. Charges against the two other suspects are pending.