Brothers charged with stealing, destroying property inside Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct

Trevor Amsler, right, and Rory Amsler, left Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. Trevor Amsler, right, and Rory Amsler, left

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: June 24, 2020 11:20 AM
Created: June 24, 2020 10:47 AM

Two brothers are charged after they allegedly broke into the Minneapolis Police Department 3rd Precinct and posted a video on social media of them taking and destroying property.

Rory Alexander Amsler, 29, and Trevor James Amsler, 26, are each charged with one count of second-degree burglary.

According to a criminal complaint, a crime analyst with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office saw a Facebook Live video posted on May 29 by Rory Amsler. On May 28, the 3rd Precinct was overrun by rioters and ultimately lit on fire.

In the video, the brothers are seen walking around the second floor of the precinct, destroying property, ripping things off walls and throwing items out of windows. The complaint also states the brothers aired personal information from documents they found, including suspect information.

Trevor Amsler states in the video that he found a "gun scope" and put it in a large bag. He then broke into a storage closet, the complaint states.

It continues, stating that Rory Amsler walked to the basement of the precinct and found it fully engulfed in flames. The video then ends as he attempts to find help because his brother was still in the building.

Authorities arrested the brothers on June 5. In an interview with police, the complaint states Trevor Amsler admitted he and his brother went to the precinct the day after the siege and damaged some property. He also admitted to stealing a cellphone charger and a flashlight charger he thought was a rifle scope. However, when he fled the building from the second floor, he said he left his backpack and items behind.

The complaint states Rory Amsler told police he was in the building filming his brother but denied stealing anything himself.

They each had their preliminary bail set at $40,000, according to the complaint.


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