Faribault man sentenced to 30 months for burglary; Suspected in burglaries from other states

Published 9:06 am Friday, August 17, 2018


Chad Michael Larson, 41, of Faribault, was sentenced on Thursday in Mower County District Court to 30 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony second-degree burglary-building-possession of tools. He received credit for 533 days served.

Charges of felony third-degree burglary, felony theft, and felony first-degree criminal damage to property-value reduced over $1,000 were dismissed.

Judge Jeffrey Kritzer issued the sentence.

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Larson was involved in a November 2016 burglary of the Freeborn Mower Coop gas station in Windom Township. According to court documents, a store employee said a burglar had entered through a door on the southeast side of the building and that an ATM and two safes had been forced open. The burglar had also damaged control boxes and cut wires for the store’s alarm system. Approximately $1,000 was missing from one safe, while $2,660 had been stolen from the ATM. Several packs of cigarettes were also stolen.

Surveillance video showed a white male wearing a bandana and goggles inside the building just before the power was disconnected.

In April 2017, a Mower County detective learned that other law enforcement agencies were investigating similar burglaries and that the Todd County Sheriff’s Office had arrested Larson as a suspect for similar burglaries. In a letter written to law enforcement while in Todd County Jail, Larson described his involvement in burglaries of businesses and ATMs.

Detectives from agencies in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota interviewed Larson about similar burglaries in their jurisdictions. Court documents state that Larson confessed to the burglary at the Freeborn Mower Coop in a 64-page transcript of the interviews.

A review of Larson’s criminal record shows multiple prior burglary convictions.