Police nab suspect in car break-ins


Man reportedly caught him in the act



A Winona man is currently in custody after he allegedly entered eight vehicles and stole items from inside. Jose Ramiro Martinez-Hernandez, 25, of Winona, has been charged with possession of burglary tools, burglary in the third degree, and computer theft.

On Tuesday, December 20, at 5:27 p.m., officers were sent to a residence on the 500 block of Sioux Street after an adult male reported that he caught someone stealing items from his car parked in his garage. The man told officers that he was walking into his garage when he saw that his car’s overhead light was on. The man said that he saw Martinez-Hernandez in the front passenger side of the vehicle. Martinez-Hernandez reportedly ran off, carrying several bags. The man allegedly ran after Martinez-Hernandez and caught him. In the bags, the man reportedly found several items from his car including a tablet, an iPod shuffle, a small transistor radio, and two lottery cards with a total value of $171.

Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack reported that police linked Martinez-Hernandez to seven other vehicle thefts that had been reported on Wednesday. The entered vehicles were parked on East Broadway, West Fifth Street, and Randall Street, and missing items included several pieces of mail and a checkbook. 

He is currently in custody and being held in lieu of a $10,000 bail without conditions. 


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