Two Men Charged in $20k Rochester-Area Storage Burglary
Court documents say the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office responded to the burglary at Oronoco Self Storage on April 8. The victim reported a lock for his unit had been cut and that two dirt bikes, a bicycle saw, motorcycle memorabilia and other property were taken from the unit.
The charges, filed in Olmsted County Court on Thursday, say surveillance footage from the business showed a vehicle, that investigators linked to 36-year-old Travis Lane Hansen of Mazeppa, came to the unit twice in the early morning hours of March 26 and again on March 27. The footage showed one person getting out of the vehicle, opening and entering the unit then exiting with a duffel bag on the 26th and two individuals entering it on the 27th then leaving with one of the dirt bikes and a saw.
The footage then showed a pick-up truck arriving at the unit during the early morning hours of March 29. Two men got out of the truck, entered the unit and removed the second dirt bike. One of the men went back into the unit and reemerged with a fishing pole and other property, the complaint says.
Law enforcement then executed a search warrant at a Mezzapa farm they believed Hansen was living at on April 14. Hansen fled the residence on foot as law enforcement arrived but was captured after a short chase. Authorities found several items reported stolen in the alleged burglary at the farm, the charges say.
Hansen admitted to taking items from the unit saying it was unlocked. Court documents say Investigators traced the truck to 45-year-old Andreas Maxwell Schmidt of Rochester.
Schmidt was arrested as he left the property in his truck. Hansen told investigators Schmidt had the dirt bikes, but the dirt bikes were not found at Schmidt’s property. Schmidt denied any involvement with the burglaries but acknowledged his truck was at the storage unit when confronted with the surveillance footage by investigators, the complaint says.
Hansen was charged Thursday with two counts of felony third-degree burglary, two counts of felony theft and a misdemeanor theft charge. Schmidt was charged in April with one felony count of third-degree burglary and a felony theft count.
Detention records indicate Hansen is being held in the Wabasha County Jail on suspicion of charges related to a firearm violation and on an active arrest warrant out of Washington County. His case in Olmsted County has not yet started.
Schmidt’s case is ongoing in Olmsted County. He was released on $10,000 conditional bail in April and is due back in court on June 16. The charges value the stolen items at more than $23,050.