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Probation for NY Mills burglar

A New York Mills man will serve five years of probation and pay restitution fees for the burglary and vandalism of NY Mills properties in May.

Douglas Dabill Lyon, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, a felony. A second burglary charge was dropped, in addition to one count of damage to property.

According to the court complaint, Dabill and his roommate, Kevin Engelke, 23, were walking home from Mills Lanes the morning of May 4, where they spent the night drinking pitchers of beer, when they entered the East Otter Tail County 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/backhoe, 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.

The two caused more than $10,000 in damage to the properties.