Rochester police solved a crime before they knew it was committed
Authorities say the man accused of burglarizing a local coffee shop was already in custody by the time they realized he was responsible for the crime.
Jamie Bjerke, 26, was apprehended during a routine traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after officers discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest. Police noticed some broken glass in the car, but did not have enough probable cause to search the vehicle.
Then about four hours later, an employee at Caribou Coffee, 451 16th Ave. NW, reported that an intruder had smashed a window and stolen a cash register while the business was closed.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found the stolen register, a hammer and a 40-caliber rifle. They also discovered some video surveillance equipment from another business that was burglarized.
Bjerke faces two felony burglary charges, as well as a weapons-related charge for being a prior felon in possession of a rifle.
Given his background, police believe he may also be responsible for a large number of recent commercial burglaries.