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Chase Leads to Arrest of Topless Suspect and Known Accomplice

Robert Felton and Kirsten Hart Photo: Olmsted County Jail. Robert Felton and Kirsten Hart

August 16, 2019 10:54 AM

(ABC 6 News) - A woman known to local law enforcement is in jail, after an alleged burglary that ended with deputies locating her, topless in the trunk of a vehicle. 

According to Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns, deputies were called to a burglary in progress on the 1600 block of Sattre Road NW in Oronoco around 6 p.m. Thursday. 

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Captain Behrns said a 73-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman came home and allegedly saw 29-year-old Kirsten Hart of rural Byron running out the back of their house, carrying a bag of their belongings. 

A home surveillance camera showed Hart entered through the front door and took pill bottles of oxycodone, Ambien, $150 in cash, debit cards, blank checks and a fake $1 million bill. 

The victims called law enforcment and then chased the suspect. According to Captain Behrns, the male victim got into a golf cart and attempted to find Hart in the woods nearby; the female victim got into her vehicle and began driving up and down 18th Avenue, also trying to locate Hart.

According to Captain Behrns, the female victim saw Hart, pulled over and got out to confront her. Captain Behrns said a scuffle ensued, which ended with the victim ripping Hart's shirt off, leaving Hart topless, with no undergarments on. According to the sheriff's office, the victim was able to grab some of her belongings. 

Shortly after, Captain Behrns said a man driving a vehicle pulled over and asked Hart if she was in trouble and needed help. Hart said "yes" and got into the vehicle with the man, and drove away. Captain Behrns said the driver does not appear to be involved, however, that is still under investigation. 

According to deputies, the male victim got into the female victim's car and the two attempted to follow Hart, but lost the vehicle. 

Captain Behrns said the victims gave law enforcement a license plate number and a good description of the vehicle, and it was located a short time later in a field drive. 

A deputy called and reported that he had found the vehicle on 110th Avenue NW, but had to do a high risk stop as the driver attempted to pull away. 

Captain Behrns said after searching the vehicle, deputies opened the trunk and found Hart, topless, and possibly under the influence of drugs. Captain Behrns also said Hart had a small amount of heroin on her.

Captain Behrns said Hart is known to law enforcement as a methamphetamine user.

Hart was arrested and is facing possible charges of second-degree burglary, theft and felony fifth-degree controlled substance possession.

According to Captain Behrns, law enforcement has been investigating the connection between Hart and her known accomplice, 38-year-old Robert Felton of Rochester. 

Felton recently had a warrant issued for his arrest for second-degree burglary. He is suspected of stealing at least 21 i-Pads from a Rochester school in early August. Rochester Police Lieutenant Mike Sadauskis said 13 of those i-Pads were recovered, in the trunk of Hart's personal vehicle. 

Captain Behrns said an investigation revealed that Felton and Hart had scheduled to meet Thursday night, at the Pine Island cemetary.

Around 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Minnesota State Patrol and Goodhue County Sheriff's Deputies located Felton at the cemetary, and he allegedly took off running. Captain Behrns said deputies caught Felton and arrested him. 

According to law enforcement, Felton also had a small amount of methamphetamine and heroin on him. 

Felton is facing possible charges of DWI, fleeing an officer and drug possession in Goodhue County Court. Felton will appear in court Friday for the possible charge of second-degree burglary in Olmsted County. 

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate. 

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