Feb. 23—Two Rochester teenagers could face charges for allegedly burglarizing two liquor stores early Tuesday morning and then being caught in a hotwired vehicle.
Rochester police were sent around 1:20 a.m. to Apollo Liquor store, 4040 East Frontage Road, after an alarm at the business went off, detecting glass being broken and motion inside the business, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen. When officers arrived, they found the glass front door had been broken. A review of security footage showed two people enter the store, steal some bottles of alcohol and then leave.
Around that same time, a dispatcher received a call from a person reporting that someone was trying to break into Andy's Liquor Express, 82 36th Ave. NW. The witness heard what sounded like an alarm, looked outside and saw someone break the glass front door of the liquor store. The person did not go in but got into a vehicle parked on 36th Avenue and drove away to the north.
Members of the Rochester Police Department and Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies saw the van in the area of Ninth Street and West Circle Drive. A deputy was able to turn around and follow the van, which then began to rapidly accelerate away from the deputy. The deputy followed the van but the pursuit was called off in the area of the North Walmart shopping center over safety concerns, according to Olmsted County Sheriff's Sgt. James Schueller.
Another deputy spotted the vehicle in the area of 41st Street and West Circle Drive Northwest and was able to pull it over.
The driver, identified as a 17-year-old Rochester boy, could face charges of fleeing in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic signals and speeding as well as burglary charges. A 16-year-old boy could also face burglary charges.
Two 15-year-old girls were also in the vehicle at the time of the stop. Moilanen said the vehicle had been reported stolen from a Rochester business and that it had been hotwired.
Most juvenile criminal records in Minnesota are not public information, but there are a few exceptions. If an offender is at least 14 years old and commits a felony-level crime, the juvenile may be certified to stand trial as an adult in criminal court, and would render all of the records relating to that crime as public.
Additionally, if a juvenile is 16 or older and is accused of a felony-level offense, all proceedings conducted by the juvenile court relating to that offense, as well as the records relating to it, are open to the public.