Man With Lengthy Minnesota Criminal History Charged in Rochester Burglary
Charges filed Thursday in Olmsted County Court say Rochester Police responded to a residence in northwest Rochester on the report of burglary Wednesday morning. A woman reported seeing an individual enter her neighbor’s garage and remove an electronic scooter.
Officers spoke with the scooter owner, who valued it at $500. She showed an officer surveillance footage that captured the man entering her attached garage and taking the scooter, the criminal complaint says.
The victim also told officers the scooter had a tracking device on it. Police went to the scooter’s most recent location but could not find it.
An officer involved in the search then reported seeing the scooter and suspect, identified as 37-year-old Brenden Derail Smith of Rochester. While arresting Smith, police found six M30 pills on him that are suspected to contain fentanyl, according to the complaint.
Smith was charged Thursday with one count of felony first-degree burglary, a count of felony drug possession and a misdemeanor theft count. Court records indicate Smith has a criminal history throughout Minnesota that dates back to 2015 and includes convictions for third-degree burglary, felony theft and terroristic threats.
Smith was released without bail but with conditions. His next court appearance is set for July 13.