Nov 28, 2012 at 6:33 am
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (KNSI) Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel says two teenagers who were shot and killed after an apparent break-in at a Little Falls area home on Thanksgiving Day may have burglarized another home the night before they were killed.
Wetzel confirmed to the Star Tribune newspaper that his office is investigating a burglary at the home of retired Little Falls High School teacher Richard Johnson--who had been in Spain until Sunday night.
Wetzel says a red car was spotted parked near Johnson's house last Wednesday night--the night his home was burglarized. That same car was found a block away from Byron Smith's home on Friday--the day after Haile Kifer and Nick Brady were shot by Smith.
In the Johnson burglary, the suspects took a small amount of change, some silver and copper coins from foreign countries and an assortment of prescription medication. The thieves got in by breaking a sliding glass door.
Smith says he shot the two teenagers after they broke into his house. Smith was also the target of burglars on October 27th, when the suspects got away with guns, a camera and several thousand dollars cash.
Smith is a retired U.S. State Department worker. He's been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.