Teenagers arrested following Rochester liquor store burglaries and fleeing law enforcement

Teenagers arrested following Rochester liquor store burglaries and fleeing law enforcement Photo: MGN Online.

Created: February 23, 2021 09:13 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Four teenagers could be facing burglary and motor vehicle charges after two Rochester liquor stores were broken into early Tuesday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m. on February 23, the Rochester Police Department received a call for a business break-in at the Apollo Liquor store on 4040 East Frontage Road off of Highway 52.

Police said the surveillance video showed two males break the glass on the front door, enter the business, and take several bottles of liquor.

A short time later another business break-in was reported at Andy's Liquor located at 2932 41st St. NW.

A witness told police they heard an alarm go off and saw someone break the glass on the front door of the business, before taking off in a dark-colored van.

A Rochester Police officer and an Olmsted County Sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle near 9th St. and West Circle Drive.

The deputy was able to drive behind the van and made attempts to have the van stop, but the deputy said the driver accelerated and failed to obey several traffic signals before turning into the Walmart North parking area.

The van then proceeded south on West Circle Drive before coming to a stop on 41st St and West Circle Drive NW.

The 17-year-old driver from Rochester and three other teenagers in the van were taken into custody and turned over to the Rochester Police Department for the burglary investigation.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said the driver could face charges of fleeing in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, exceeding the speed limit, and failing to obey traffic signals.

The Rochester Police Department said the van the teenagers were in had been reported stolen from 3505 Eastwood Road SE. Police said a tool had been used to break open the steering column and hotwire the ignition.

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