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Alleged NY Mills robbers appear in court

The two New York Mills men who allegedly took part in a drunken night of burglary and vandalism this month were formally charged in court with felony burglary charges.

Kevin Gene Engelke and Douglas Lyon Dabill, both 23, were each charged on two counts of burglary after allegedly stealing three vehicles and vandalizing the East Otter Tail landfill and storage buildings and causing more than $10,000 in damage.

According to the court complaint, the two roommates were walking home from Mills Lanes, where they spent the night drinking pitchers of beer, when they entered the landfill using a credit card to jimmy the door. They discovered keys to a GMC pickup truck and took the vehicle for a ride. Engelke, who was driving the truck, drove the vehicle into the ditch.

The two then took off and walked into a large storage shed, where they found another truck with keys in the ignition, according to court documents. They climbed into the pickup and drove through the garage door, causing extensive damage.

The two then went back and allegedly stole a payloader/blackhoe, which got stuck and flipped, according to court documents.

Engelke and Dabill were arrested near NY Mills around 4:30 a.m., two hours after NY Mills police discovered a vehicle in the ditch off Hwy. 10 near the landfill, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

The men were discovered when Amtrack reported that two men were walking along the railroad tracks. When officers responded, the two men fled, but were apprehended by Minnesota State Patrol and NY Mills police.

Both men admitted to an Otter Tail County Sheriff's detective they were involved with the overnight burglaries and vandalism in the area, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Engelke and Dabill are scheduled to appear in court again today.