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Lost dog story not good enough to avoid charges

A 22-year-old Rosemount woman who claimed she was looking for an apparently non-existent lost dog has been charged with first degree burglary after she wandered into a Rosemount home earlier this month.

The homeowner called police shortly after 9 p.m. Nov. 1. According to a complaint filed Monday in the Dakota County Attorney’s office, the woman, later identified as Latricia Monique Thomas, walked in to the foyer of the Rosemount home. When the homeowner confronted her, she said she was looking for her lost dog, then turned around and left.

Police found Thomas nearby.

According to the complaint, Thomas at first said she had only gone into the home’s garage while looking for a black chihuahua named Puppy. Told that the homeowner had said she was in the house, Thomas admitted entering the house. She initially denied intending to steal anything but later said she didn’t have much money and planned to steal.

If convicted on the felony burglary charge Thomas could face up to 20 years in jail and fines of up to $35,000.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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