Suspected serial burglar arrested early Wednesday in Rochester
Authorities arrested a man early Wednesday morning in connection to a string of home break-ins overnight in a west Rochester neighborhood.
The first burglary was reported Tuesday around 10:45 p.m. by a homeowner in the 600 block of 44th Avenue Court SW.
A woman told deputies with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office that she was watching TV with her husband when she heard a sliding glass door open. She looked over and saw a man holding her purse, according to the report. The suspect then ran away.
About 45 minutes later, a neighbor less than a half mile away reported to Rochester police that her home, too, had been the target of a break-in. The woman told officers that she had heard sounds coming from the basement earlier in the night, but did not think anything of it until she noticed police cars all over the neighborhood.
Officers from the sheriff's office and police department deployed K9s to try and track down the suspect, notes the report.
Then around 12:30 a.m. police received a call from a homeowner in the 3200 block of Fox Hollow Lane SW that someone had tried to pry their way into his home. He told police that he could see scissors poking through the door frame.
When he opened the door, he saw the suspect in his garage wearing his jacket. The suspect took off running, but was located by authorities a short time later near a patch of woods just east of the residence.
Janarie Payton, 24, faces multiple counts of first-degree burglary. He may also be connected to prior burglaries in other parts of town, according to Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin.
In 2010, Payton pleaded guilty in La Crosse County to misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.
According to a report from the time, Payton tried to disarm and threatened to kill a police officer at a downtown La Crosse bar. He was given five months of electronic monitoring.