Family's Van Linked To Crimes

A couple says their minivan's license plate was linked to crimes around the metro area.

Jessica and Brian Munderloh say they were placed at the center of a crime they knew nothing about last Saturday.

"The first message from my husband said that he was in the back of a cop car, and I thought it was a joke, but the second message said they believe that our van was used in bank fraud," said Jessica.

Brian says he was first driven by police to a bank where they told him bank fraud occurred earlier that morning, and then to Police Headquarters for questioning.

"I'm a cooperative guy who thinks in the interest of allowing the cops do the job to get the bad guys, I've just never been in the position where they thought I was the guy that they were after," said Brian.

He says police told him a blue minivan with their license plate number had been seen driving through several drive-thrus where bank fraud occurred.

Jessica looked at her van and noticed the front license plate had been stolen and replaced. She had mismatched plates.

"That's the first time I was actually afraid because I realized that it didn't look good," said Jessica, fighting tears.

The Munderloh's say police released Brian the same day and then towed their van.

The couple immediately replaced the plates on the van when they retrieved it from the impound lot. They say a crime committed Thursday morning cleared them after police corroborated that Brian was at work at the time of the crime.

"That's what we were praying for: that there would be a circumstance in which he would do the crime again with the vehicle that had the stolen plates when we were at places where we could not be guilty," said Jessica.

Thursday night another crime occurred, this time the driver of the van did not get away. Investigators say Sean Collins crashed a stolen minivan at 14th and Dodge after trying to flee police. The plate matched the Munderloh's.

"I was just so thankful God had given us such a clear ending to a very challenging week for our family," said Jessica.


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