Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- An Arizona man has been charged in connection to a church burglary reported in Olmsted County last year. 

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The criminal complaint says investigators identified him as a suspect through a police chase that occurred several days before deputies responded to the church burglary. 

The criminal complaint was filed in Olmsted County Court on Thursday. 

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The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office responded to the burglary at a church near the Olmsted-Goodhue County line south of Pine Island on the morning of July 2. 


The church’s pastor reported $1,123 in cash was missing from one of the cabinets, the complaint says. Deputies learned of the church burglary while responding to the report of a recovered stolen vehicle in Pine Island. 

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The charges say the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Lake City and deputies found a shirt inside of it that matched the clothing of a pursuit suspect who successfully fled police in Lake City on the morning of June 28. 

There was also a folder from the church’s cash cabinet inside of the stolen vehicle, according to the complaint. 

Johnson complaint. Olmsted County Court
Johnson complaint. Olmsted County Court

The complaint identifies the pursuit and church burglary suspect as 31-year-old Benjamin Charles Johnson of Buckeye, AZ. He was arrested in late July in northwestern Iowa. 

He’s facing a second-degree burglary charge in Olmsted County. He’s due to make his first court appearance in August. 

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