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Authorities arrest two in connection with auto thefts

January 5, 2019

Two people were arrested Wednesday in connection with two related motor vehicle thefts in Rochester.

In the first case, an Olmsted County deputy on patrol at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at 75th Street Northwest and County Road 5 noticed a Jeep resembling one that had been reported stolen last weekend. The deputy stopped the Jeep when he observed the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. An investigation determined the vehicle was the Jeep that had been stolen, said Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department.

Arrested was Madison Slocum, 28, of St. Charles, who told the deputy she was driving the Jeep to Pine Island for a friend. Slocum allegedly had a syringe containing liquid methamphetamine in her possession. She faces charges of fifth-degree controlled substance and possession of a stolen vehicle.

In the second case, a Rochester police officer parked Wednesday at the north Menards store noticed a 2010 Ford Escape that had been reported stolen that morning in Southeast Rochester. The officer recognized the driver of the car as Mark Harman, 31, of Rochester, who had an active apprehension order on his record, said Police Capt. Casey Moilanen. Harman was allegedly involved in the theft of the Jeep Slocum was driving.

The Ford Escape drove away from Menards at a high rate of speed, but police later received a tip that Harman was at a residence in the 500 block of 14th Street Southeast. Police found Harman at that address, and he allegedly had in his possession the keys to the stolen Escape.

That vehicle was later found in the 100 block of Eighth Street Northwest.

Harman was taken into custody and held to face a charge of motor vehicle theft, Moilanen said.

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