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Gaylord boys sees justice in a jersey

August 19th, 2010

A happy ending! He wasn’t quite sure why he was asked to be at the Sibley County Courthouse, but Lucas Trebesch’s trip to the courtroom Monday produced nothing but smiles.

It was a bit of justice for Trebesch who was presented an autographed Adrian Peterson jersey by employees of the Sibley County Attorney’s Office. It replaced a prized possession that Trebesch has been missing for several months.

In November, 2009, there was a burglary at the Trebesch residence in Gaylord. One of the items taken by the burglars was a jersey autographed by Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson.

Trebesch and his mother Connie said they were able to get the original signed jersey at Vikings’ training camp. Through a scratch off ticket, Trebesch won a chance to get Peterson’s autograph and he had the standout running back sign a jersey. His mother recalled a monetary offer for Trebesch’s place in the autograph line but to Lucas, a signed “AP” jersey was priceless.

Most of Trebesch’s items taken in the home burglary were replaceable through restitution paid by the defendant, but the signed jersey was unique. Recognizing this, Sibley County officials went to work on replacing the signed jersey.

Brenda Sharp, a victim/witness coordinator in the Sibley County Attorney’s Office, took the lead in replacing Trebesch’s jersey. She was assisted by other County employees. A phone number for Brad Madson, a member of the Minnesota Vikings’ public relations department, was obtained. According to the Sibley County Attorney’s Office, Madson agreed to make arrangements to have Peterson sign another jersey for Trebesch.

Sharp, Sibley County Attorney David Schauer, and Sibley County Assistant Attorney Don Lannoye presented Trebesch the jersey Monday. A smiling Trebesch, who will be a seventh-grader at St. Paul Lutheran in Arlington, said he suspected that was the reason he was invited to the Sibley County Courthouse.

In a press release issued to local newspaper reporters Monday, Schauer said he wanted to publicly thank his staff for going “above and beyond” the requirements of their job.

The Trebesch burglary case was prosecuted by Assistant County Attorney Lannoye and a conviction was obtained. And by going “above and beyond,” the Sibley County Attorney’s Office has enabled Trebesch to kickoff the 2010 football season in style and with a smile.

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