Medical Visitor’s Stolen Pickup Linked to Rochester Burglary
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester police say they recovered a pickup truck stolen from a man visiting the city for medical treatment after it was allegedly used in a burglary.
Police Captain Casey Moilanen says the vehicle was reported stolen last Wednesday from the parking lot at the Days Inn along Commercial Drive Southwest. The burglary was reported on Saturday. Moilanen says officers responded to Leitzen Concrete at 4019 Highway 14 in northwest Rochester around 7 AM when employees reporting for work found a person inside one of the buildings.
The workers told police the person ran away from the business, where it was discovered numerous items had been stolen. There was also damage consistent with someone stealing copper pipes and wires.
On Sunday, investigators received a call concerning the burglary that included video of a suspect vehicle, which was the pickup stolen from the Days Inn. The caller also provided police with the location of the vehicle, which was behind a business on Civic Center Drive.
Two people were in the pickup when officers arrived. They arrested the driver, who was identified as 36-year-old Laurissa Bale of Rochester, on a number of theft-related charges after items found in the vehicle were connected to Leitzen Concrete burglary. The man in the passenger seat was not arrested, but Captain Moilanen says that could change after investigators have additional time to fully process the contents of the stolen pickup and inventory the property stolen from the business on Saturday.