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Aurora Man Charged for Post Office Break-in

Eric Chester Francis is charged with criminal damage to property after allegedly breaking into 60 post office mail boxes on Sunday. Eric Chester Francis is charged with criminal damage to property after allegedly breaking into 60 post office mail boxes on Sunday. |  Photo: St. Louis Co. Jail

October 11, 2017 04:49 PM

Authorities say an Aurora man broke into the Biwabik post office last weekend. 21-year-old Eric Chester Francis now faces one count of felony criminal damage to property.

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The complaint said that police received a report about the break-in on Sunday. When they arrived at the post office, they found 60 post office boxes that had the glass broken out, and mail was strewn about the floor.

Also in the area were nearly a dozen vehicles that had some kind of damage. The complaint said that some had their tires slashed, others had windows broken out, some had dents and scratches added or profanities etched in them.

Thanks to help from a nearby business owner, investigators were able to pinpoint that Francis as the suspect, and arrested him on Sunday evening. 


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