Two Anoka County men were both arraigned Sept. 23 in Anoka County District Court on a felony third-degree burglary charge for allegedly breaking into an abandoned Andover building to steal scrap metal.
Tony Lee Bates, 27, of East Bethel and David Robert Tomlinson, 54, of Ramsey will next appear in court Oct. 22.
According to the criminal complaint, an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy at 1:25 p.m. Sept. 20 was patrolling the area when he saw a car parked in front of an abandoned building at 15825 7th Ave. NW.
When the deputy turned around and drove back to the property to see what was going on, the vehicle was gone. He checked the building and found the door had been recently forced open and there was a pile of scrap metal outside the door, the complaint states.
Authorities found the vehicle a short distance away. Bates was inside the vehicle and was arrested. He allegedly admitted in a post-Miranda statement that he and Tomlinson broke into the building to get scrap metal.
Bates allegedly said Tomlinson went back to the building and he parked a short distance away and was supposed to pick Tomlinson up when he gave him a signal.
Tomlinson was arrested a short distance away. According to the complaint, Tomlinson also admitted in a post-Miranda statement that he and Bates entered the building to steal scrap metal and breakers.
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