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Two charged with Aug. 19 burglary

Two suspects say it was retaliation when they took several items from a Farmington garage. Police are just calling it burglary.

Melissa Ann Bevins, 28, of Stillwater, and Thomas Matthew Tse, 28, of White Bear Lake, both face second degree burglary charges in connection with the incident, which took place Aug. 19 at the North Creek Trailer Park.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, police were called after a resident's neighbor informed him his garage had been burglarized. After police arrived, other neighbors reported the suspects were in a nearby wooded area.

Police found Tse in a car they stopped as it left the wooded area. According to the complaint, he appeared nervous and looked frequently toward a white backpack in the car's back seat. Tse was also identified in surveillance video from a neighbor's home leaving the area with items in his arms.

The driver of the vehicle said she had dropped off Tse and Bevins in the neighborhood to visit a friend.

When police returned to the home after locating Tse the homeowner had several items that had been recovered from the wooded area. Many had come from his home but one, a .22 caliber rifle, had not.

The homeowner and his daughter identified Bevins as they talked to police. Bevins ran as police pursued in a squad car. She was eventually arrested.

While on the way to the police station, Bevins reportedly told police she had gone to the neighborhood "to get my stuff back." At the police station she said the homeowner's wife had come to Bevins' mother's home earlier in the day to collect $140. Bevins said she wanted to confront the woman and get her property back.

Tse admitted going into the home to steal things in retaliation for an incident earlier in the day. He said he brought the gun with him for protection.

If convicted on the second degree burglary charge, a felony, Bevins and Tse could each face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000.

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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