Zimmerman man arrested for burglary of Whistling Pickle

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division on Sept. 25 arrested a 38-year-old  Zimmerman in connection with an alleged burglary at a new restaurant and bar in Zimmerman.

According to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott, his criminal investigation division executed a search warrant at the man’s home and found what’s believed to be  stolen TV’s, a safe, liquor bottles and some cash from the Whistling Pickle.

The sheriff’s department had taken a call on the burglary on Sept. 23. There was no forced entry, Brott said, but a number of flat screen televisions, a safe and thousands of dollars in cash and bottles of liquor were missing.

Then on Sept. 25, an  individual claiming to be an owner of the Whistling Pickle attempted to exchange the TV’s at the Otsego Target Store.

An employee of the Otsego Target, who also worked at the Whistling Pickle and was aware of the burglary, became suspicious and  notified law enforcement.

Video of the suspect was obtained and the real owner of the Whistling Pickle identified the suspect, a former manger of the restaurant who had been let go but still possessed keys to the business, Brott said.

The man was arrested for for 3rd degree burglary and possession of stolen property and taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Sherburne County Jail where he awaits arraignment.