Photo: Otter Tail County
Photo: Otter Tail County
February 26, 2018 04:33 PM
The Dakota County Attorney's Office has announced a Lakeville middle school principal, already facing stalking charges, has now been charged with burglary in connection to an incident that reportedly occurred in 2015.
Chris Endicott, who was arrested in Otter Tail County last week after Apple Valley police requested help locating him, is charged with one count of second-degree burglary.
A spokesperson for the county attorney's office said Endicott had made arrangements to be released to a family member. But among the conditions attached to that release was that he be evaluated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul to determine whether he is a threat to himself or others.
His next court appearance is scheduled for March 8.
The charge is in connection to an alleged incident in November 2015. According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to an Apple Valley residence where the homeowners - next door neighbors of Endicott's - had returned home to reportedly find a basement window broken and pulled open.
The residents also reportedly said they noticed someone had been in their master bedroom because the shades were "pulled down and in an angled position, which was not the way they had left them." Although they did not notice anything missing at the time, they did reportedly show officers two safes that had been pulled out into a hallway in the basement.
Each were allegedly damaged, though only one was opened, the complaint states.
Two days later, one of the homeowners reportedly contacted police to say she had discovered she was missing a white gold ring with a small diamond, and a key ring that had the keys to the house on it.
Endicott, meanwhile, was charged on Feb. 8 of this year with stalking to follow, monitor and pursue.
Investigators executed a search warrant at Endicott's Apple Valley home in January, and authorities found items that allegedly showed he was stalking an initial victim in addition to several other people, according to that criminal complaint.
He had already been placed on administrative leave from Century Middle School in January. And the latest criminal complaint states that because his office was vacant, the Lakeville police officer assigned to the school began using it. On Feb. 21, the complaint states, the officer opened the lower drawer of a file cabinet in the office and allegedly discovered three watches, a gold ring, an antique fork and knife, a Coon Rapids High School class ring, a key on a Mercedes Benz key ring and a thumb drive.
The class ring had a name engraved and, after meeting with investigators, the Apple Valley homeowner reportedly confirmed both the class and gold ring were hers. The homeowner was not sure if the key ring was from her residence, but said she had owned a Mercedes in the past.
She also told investigators there had been past friction with Endicott stemming from concerns they had about their dog going after Endicott's cats when they came into their yard.
But she said that was the only issue she could recall having with him.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reported last week it had been told told Endicott was believed to have been in possession of a scoped rifle, and possibly intended to harm himself. The sheriff's office SWAT team located Endicott in a fish house on East Battle Lake last Thursday.
He was taken into custody without incident.
Updated: February 26, 2018 04:33 PM
Created: February 26, 2018 01:22 PM
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