Man pleads not guilty to burglary, weapons charge
A man accused of burglarizing a Stewartville home has pleaded not guilty to a trio of felonies.
David Jermaine Griffith, 38, entered the pleas Tuesday in Olmsted County District Court, where he faces one count each of first-degree burglary-possess dangerous weapon; second-degree burglary; and ineligible person in possession of a firearm.
The charges stem from an incident the morning of June 5, when a Stewartville man called law enforcement to report a suspicious person. The man said he confronted the suspect, later identified as Griffith, who was loading a TV into a car, the complaint says. Griffith allegedly said he was there to see a man named John.
The neighbor wrote down the license plate number and a thorough description of the driver and the vehicle.
The vehicle, driven by Griffith, was stopped later by Rochester police, who arrested him.
Officers recovered the TV, cash and one of the three guns reported stolen, the report says. The guns included two shotguns and one SKS assault rifle.
Griffith remains in jail in lieu of $150,000 bond. His next court appearance has been set for Aug. 29.