BYRON — A car that was left unlocked with the keys in it was taken from a Byron driveway over the weekend and then used in a pursuit with law enforcement.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office took a report around 9:30 a.m. Saturday from a 38-year-old man in the 900 block of Rolling Heights Court Northeast. The man reported his 2005 Chevy Avalanche was stolen from his driveway overnight after the keys had been left in the unlocked car, according to Capt. Scott Behrns.
Just after midnight on Sunday, a 32-year-old man in the 1000 block of Fourth Street Northwest in Byron came out to have a smoke on his deck when he saw two males standing by his shed. The man yelled at the pair, briefly chased them on foot and then followed them in his vehicle but lost the vehicle.
Around 5:15 a.m., the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and the Zumbrota Police Department were involved in a pursuit with the vehicle. The vehicle, the same one the 32-year-old man followed and the 38-year-old man reported stolen, crashed, and four juveniles were taken into custody. At least one of them, a 15-year-old from Byron, was involved in other car thefts this summer.
Rochester police are investigating a break-in at the Melting Clock Smoke Shop on North Broadway Avenue after someone used a brick to break a window.
Police were called around 12:15 a.m. Saturday to 3020 N. Broadway Ave. by an employee at a nearby gas station after someone came into the gas station and told an employee that "some kids" had just broken windows at the smoke shop, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen.
Police searched the building using a police dog but did not find anyone inside. The incident remains under investigation. It was not known Monday morning what was taken or how much the missing merchandise is worth.