New Ulm Man Faces Felony Theft 05 Nov 13

A New Ulm man accused of stealing thousands of dollars in cash and electronics from his former roommate before leaving town is back in Brown County. 22-year-old Tyler Patrick Happke allegedly stole a laptop computer, a Playstation 3, numerous video games and movies, and a safe containing over $5,000 in cash and important document from the woman he had been sharing an apartment with on 3rd Street North in New Ulm. Happke then reportedly sold his truck and left town, along with some of the stolen cash and other items. The former roommate told police that Happke owes money for gambling losses. He was apparently caught after being pulled over by the Minnesota State Patrol for not wearing a seatbelt. He was in jail, but has since been released, but is still facing felony theft and other charges.