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Dave Roepke, Published January 22 2010

Third suspect in Dilworth VFW heist held

A third suspect linked to a burglary at the Dilworth VFW was arrested Wednesday in upstate New York, soon after telling investigators there was no way they would find him.

Louis Sky Franklin, 22, was arrested on the Akwesasne reservation by officers from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, Dilworth Police Chief David Miller said.

A Clay County arrest warrant for burglary and criminal damage to property was issued Dec. 11 for Franklin in connection with an attempt to swipe cash from the club’s ATM in the early morning hours of Dec. 10.

Franklin has been on the run since, but Dilworth investigators tracked him to Akwesasne, a reservation that straddles the Canadian border.

When Dilworth officer Hunter Rawson managed to reach Franklin by phone earlier this week, Franklin struck a cocky note. He told Rawson authorities would never be able to find him and had no idea where he was, Miller said.

“I guess we found him,” the chief said. “It’s kind of one of those touchés.”

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said he is not aware of any plans set up yet to extradite Franklin back to Minnesota.

Franklin is suspected of being one of the two people police saw running from the area of the VFW, 1505 Center Ave. W., after an alarm there was sounded.

According to court records, police believe Franklin jumped into a car his mother was driving and yelled, “Go, go, go,” before she allegedly took police on a chase in excess of 100 mph that ended in the parking lot of a MeritCare clinic in north Fargo.

His mother – Jogenia Mae Franklin, 42, of Dilworth – surrendered to police after pulling over, but her son took off on foot and got away. She later identified her son to authorities and told them she had no idea he was going to allegedly burglarize the VFW, court records state.

Police also believe a second man was involved, 28-year-old Brian William Paddack of Las Vegas. He was arrested on Dec. 10 after he was chased down on foot and found in a nearby Dumpster with nine $20 bills hanging out of his front pants pockets.

Paddack has pleaded not guilty to four felonies: theft exceeding $5,000, criminal damage to property, possession of burglary tools and burglary. He has a two-day jury trial tentatively set to start Feb. 23.

Jogenia Franklin faces charges of aiding and abetting burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and fleeing an officer in a car. She hasn’t entered a plea, and her next court date is set for Feb. 8.


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