A Rochester man is facing felony charges for allegedly breaking into a local charter school and stealing nearly two dozen iPads.
Robert Jeffrey Felten, 38, is charged with felony second-degree burglary and felony theft. At his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court Friday morning, Judge Lisa Hayne set unconditional bail at $50,000.
Rochester police were sent on July 29 to the Rochester Math and Science Academy for a report of a burglary and theft. A school employee told police that 21 Apple iPads were taken totaling about $7,350, according to court records.
Surveillance footage showed a man, later identified as Felten, enter the school just before 5 a.m., go into a room where the iPads were located and then leave the school with a backpack, the complaint states.
On Aug. 2, an officer on routine patrol spotted Felten near the intersection of Third Avenue Southeast and Seventh Street Southeast. When Felten saw the officer, he reportedly grabbed items from the vehicle he was standing next to and then leave.
"The officer approached the vehicle and in plain view observed a backpack matching the description of the backpack stolen from the burglary of the school," the complaint reads. "The officer also saw a Shopvac and saws that matched the description of items stolen from another, unrelated burglary in another county."
Police impounded the vehicle on Aug. 6 and obtained a search warrant. Inside the vehicle, officers reportedly found 13 stolen iPads.