The Mankato Department of Public Safety is crediting an alert tenant who saw something and said something in the capture of a burglar at an apartment complex on South Fourth Street.

Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel.

Commander Dan Schisel said the incident began Wednesday night when, “They were missing coins out of a laundry machine and it appeared that someone had used a drill to enter that laundry machine.”

Thursday, shortly after noon, a tenant heard the sound of a drill coming from the laundry room and went in to investigate. “When asked, he said he was there by management to fix this. They thought that was suspicious; they reported it to the Mankato Department of Public Safely. The individual had left the scene,” he explained, “However, they were able to get a plate and a vehicle description.”

Schisel says officers tracked down 29-year-old Cody Diaz not far away and he is charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft, and criminal property damage. Schisel said about $400 in damage was done to the laundry machines, but they aren’t sure how many quarters he made off with.

Schisel hopes others will take a lesson from the successful outcome of this case and, “If they are not sure or they see someone suspicious in their area that’s not supposed to be there or they’re acting suspicious…in this case, that tip was excellent for us. We responded quickly and were able to locate the suspect and they were taken into custody.”

Diaz was already facing charges of selling drugs after bust at the end of April, in which the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force found meth throughout his home, as well as 46 capsules that contain what officers suspected to be Kratom – an herb that’s used to get high. It’s not illegal in Minnesota but is in many other states.