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Charges follow break-in at salvage yard

A 34-year-old Inver Grove Heights man has been charged with possession of burglary tools, a felony, following a March 23 incident at a Rosemount salvage yard.

Rosemount police were called around 8 p.m. after an alarm went off at the salvage yard. They arrived to find a hole cut in the fence and Adam Lawrence Degeneffe sitting in a nearby parked car.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney’s office, surveillance video showed Degeneffe inside the fence about four hours after the salvage yard had closed.

When police approached him, Degeneffe reportedly had a screwdriver and scissors on his lap and a cell phone app that could monitor police activity. He also had car parts and tools on the front seat of his car.

In an interview with police Degeneffe said he’d gone into the salvage yard while it was open but because his ears were plugged he didn’t hear that the business was closing. He told police he was in the yard for just a short time before crawling under the fence and returning to his car.

If convicted on the charge of possessing burglary tools Degeneffe could face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $5,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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