Loaded Gun Found in Shoplifting Arrest at Rochester Fleet Farm
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Rochester Police Department says a shoplifting call led to the discovery of a loaded handgun at Fleet Farm Monday morning.
Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen says officers were dispatched to the store in the 4800 block of Maine Ave. Southeast on the report that loss prevention staff had detained a suspected shoplifter shortly before noon. 25-year-old Logan Johnson was then transported to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of shoplifting as well as for charges related to 10 active arrest warrants.
An officer who remained at the store following Johnson’s arrest reportedly found a backpack belonging to Johnson left behind at the retailer. Officers then recovered a loaded 9mm handgun in the backpack after searching it at the jail, Moilanen said.
Court records indicate Johnson has felony convictions related to drug possession, financial card transaction fraud and motor vehicle theft, crimes that make him ineligible to possess a firearm. He could face potential charges of ineligible possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and misdemeanor shoplifting, according to Moilanen.
Olmsted County Sheriff’s Captain James Schueller said the charges in the active arrest warrants range from fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, giving a false name to a police officer and other traffic violations in Goodhue and Olmsted Counties. He’s being held in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center while awaiting arraignment.