The Rochester Police Department is investigating the theft of tools and equipment taken from a private workshop sometime over the Fourth of July weekend.

Police were called on Monday morning to a residence in the 2400 block of Marion Road Southeast by a man reporting that the shop on his property was missing numerous tools, a four-wheeler and a trailer, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen.

The property owner told police he wasn't sure if the door to shop was left unlocked. The incident is under investigation.


A car was stolen from a southwest Rochester driveway after the keys were left in another vehicle in an open garage.

Residents of a home in the 2100 block of Starburst Drive Southwest called police Monday morning to report that a 2011 Mercedes Benz E350 was taken from the home along with a number of other items, according to Rochester Police Capt. Casey Moilanen.

The home's residents, a 45-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, told police they arrived home about 7 p.m. Sunday and parked one car in the garage and another in the driveway. The men went inside and realized about 10:30 p.m. that they left the garage door open. When they closed the garage that night, they did not notice anything missing.

On Monday morning, the men realized that one of their bicycles, valued at $1,200, was missing and that the car parked in the garage had been gone through and a backpack was taken. The car parked in the driveway, the Mercedes, was gone. The keys to that car were inside the door of the car in the garage, according to Moilanen.

The missing bicycle was later located on the property. The car has not been located.


A 23-year-old Rochester man suffered a broken leg after crashing his motorcycle while an Olmsted County Sheriff's deputy was trying to stop him for speeding.

A deputy spotted a motorcycle traveling about 90 mph in a 45 mph speed zone about 4:15 p.m. Monday in the area of Salem Road and Mayowood Road Southwest, according to Sgt. Jim Schueller.

The deputy pulled behind the motorcycle and activated his squad's lights. The deputy followed the motorcycle through a turn and then turned on his squad's siren. The motorcyclists braked briefly and then turned left to go south on Mayowood Road before he lost control of his motorcycle and went into some trees, Schueller said.

The motorcyclist suffered a broken leg and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He will likely face charges of fleeing an officer on a motorcycle, speeding, reckless driving and driving after revocation, according to Schueller. The man did not have a motorcycle endorsement.