Man arrested in connection to a string of burglaries in Olmsted County
Local authorities recovered a "substantial amount" of suspected stolen property after executing search warrants last week at five locations in Olmsted County.
One person, 34-year-old James Piens of Rochester, was arrested in connection to the investigation. Piens was charged Tuesday with two felony firearm charges, including possession of a stolen handgun.
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office has collected DNA samples from several other suspects. More arrests could be made pending test results.
The search warrants were executed in response to about a half dozen residential burglaries in the Rochester area. Investigators say some of the items were also taken from Wabasha County.
The search warrants were carried out at the following locations:
- 5601 Highway 63 North, Cascade Township
- 2027 Lark Lane NW, Stewartville
- 6578 Crestview Lane NW, Cascade Township
- 2926 Fremond Court SW, Rochester
- Trends Consignment Store, 25 9 1/2 Street SE
Several of the stolen items were on display at the consignment shop. Capt. Scott Behrns of the sheriff's department said there is reason to believe the store's owner knew the merchandise was stolen.
Authorities are asking burglary victims not to call them. They will reach out to those affected in the coming days.