Investigators probe additional burglaries in Little Falls

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Investigators in Little Falls, Minn., have linked at least one prior burglary to two teens who were slain in burglary on Thanksgiving Day, and they are probing others, the Star Tribune reports.

Byron Smith has been charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of cousins Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18. Smith told investigators he fatally shot the teens after they crept into his basement. Police have since linked the two to a break-in at another home a few miles away a day earlier.

Now police suspect the teens may have been involved in other burglaries, though they offered few details, the Star Tribune says.

Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers said Wednesday that law enforcement officers had had 19 "contacts" with Kifer this year for relatively minor incidents, including traffic infractions and reports of suspicious activity or theft, the Star Tribune reports.

In another development, MPR reported more on Smith's background: He was a highly trained State Department security engineer responsible for protecting U.S. embassies from terrorism and espionage.

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