A 66-year-old Rochester man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after police said he went into a recently vacated duplex "looking for junk."

Rochester police were called to the 700 block of Third Street Southeast about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a suspicious person. A homeowner told police that the man, whom she recognized as having cut her lawn in previous years, came up to her door, quietly knocked and then tried to open the locked door, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen.

Seeing police in the area, a homeowner in the 300 block of Seventh Avenue Southeast came over and said the same man had been inside the recently vacated portion of his duplex. The homeowner caught the man and questioned what he was doing there and the man said he was "looking for junk" and showed the homeowner his driver's license, according to Moilanen.

The 66-year-old man was still in the area and police were able to speak with him. He allegedly admitted to being in the duplex, but denied taking anything. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and trespassing.


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Three pink swastikas were spray painted on a portion of the memorial park at Mayo Park sometime Wednesday.

An employee of the Rochester Art Center reported the graffiti. When police arrived, the spray paint was still a little wet. It is believed the swastikas were painted sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. that day.

Employees from the Downtown Ambassadors Team told police they would clean up the graffiti.