Duluth man arrested in connection with massive theft of fishing lures


Duluth News Tribune

A 35-year-old Duluth man has been arrested in connection with the theft of more than 3,000 fishing lures from Marine General’s warehouse in rural Duluth earlier this year.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that the man was arrested Friday on a preliminary charge of felony theft in connection with the incident — and more arrests may be coming.

Authorities had said an enclosed trailer was stolen when Marine General's rural Duluth storage location was burglarized on Aug. 13.

"We got a shipment of lures in and put them in the trailer. We locked the trailer, but didn't lock the tongue down. Somebody stole the trailer," Russ Francisco, owner of Marine General, told the News Tribune last month.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that “the fishing lures and many others items of merchandise” were recovered from a storage shed in Duluth’s Morgan Park neighborhood on Oct. 7.

“Numerous items of Marine General merchandise still remain missing, and charges are pending on several other involved individuals,” the Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.

The suspect who has been arrested remained in the St. Louis County Jail as of Friday night. The News Tribune generally does not identify suspects until they have been formally charged.

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to call investigators at (218) 336-4350.