A New Ulm teen suspected in taking part in dozens of burglaries and thefts in the area made his initial appearance in court on Friday, and remains incarcerated in the Brown County Jail. 19-year-old Tyler Joseph Rowley was arrested following a traffic stop in New Ulm Thursday night after police spotted illegal fireworks in the back seat of his vehicle. A search of the car uncovered numerous items believed to have been stolen from several New Ulm area homes and garages. Rowley faces possession of stolen property and other charges, and his bail has been set at $12,000. New Ulm police say that even though an arrest has been made, residents should continue to take extra precautions in securing homes, garages and vehicles. You should also make sure all exterior lights are working properly, as the burglars had apparently been unscrewing motion lights. Other suspects in the crimes are reportedly cooperating with authorities in the case as well, and residents are asked to contact New Ulm authorities if they discover they have been the victim of a crime or have witnessed any suspicious activity.