On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Clay County Sheriff's Office received burglary reports from the Clay Central-Everly School and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, both in Royal.
Each reported buildings were entered and vandalism and thefts occurred. In the CC-E burglary, multiple rooms were ransacked, glass was broken, shaving cream was sprayed and items appeared to have been prepared for theft.
In the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, windows were broken, multiple rooms were ransacked and an electronic device and miscellaneous paperwork was stolen. Stolen goods were estimated at $400 in value.
Further investigation in the Royal area determined the St. Louis Catholic Church also was entered and doors were damaged in an attempt to enter secured areas. No items are believed to be missing from St. Louis.
In Everly, a theft of a $300 electronic device from a vehicle was reported to the Clay County Sheriff's Office later Tuesday.
Tips from local citizens and cooperation between various law enforcement agencies led to the arrests of Kyle Frederick, 18, of Ruthven; Dalton Lorenzen, 18, of Milford; and Torrey Ginger, 17, of Everly. Each has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary, class D felonies and criminal trespass, a simple misdemeanor.
Fredericks and Lorenzen are being held in the Clay County Jail on $5000 bond and Ginger is being held in the YES Center in Cherokee.
Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues and area agencies work together to fully determine the extent of burglaries committed.
The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office, Hartley Police and Sutherland Police continue to assist the Clay County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.