Vehicle Break-in Investigation Yields Two more Arrests 14 Feb 17

A Thief River Falls woman accused in a series of break-ins, is scheduled for a Rule #8 Hearing today in Pennington County District Court.

Jenson Johnston, 24, is scheduled to appear this afternoon before District Judge Kurt Marben, accused of five felony counts, including theft and burglary in a crime spree that included vehicles and garages in Thief River Falls and Rural Pennington County ..

Also in custody at the Pennington County Law Enforcement Center, alleged co-conspirator, Phillip Trontvet, 25. Both made their first appearance Friday after officers recovered items believed taken in a series of thefts that began last month.

Items recovered included, firearms, fishing gear, camera equipment and a GPS System.

Johnston and Trontvet are charged with Aiding and Abetting Theft of a Fire Arm and Theft, and Second Degree Aiding and Abetting Burglary.

Trontvet faces additional charges of Felon in Possession of a Fire Arm.

Late last month Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia asked for the help of the public as they investigated break-ins west and southeast of Thief River Falls, with residents also advised to lock their vehicles and secure items after a number of incidents inside the City Limits.