Police say an Minneapolis man broke into an Eagan home and took roughly 200 items worth a total of nearly $7,000—plus the victims' car—while the victims were on vacation.
Kenneth Edgar Staeheli, 53, is charged with one felony count of second-degree burglary, one felony county of theft and one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle. In convicted on the burglary charge, Staeheli could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Police were dispatched to a home on the 4000 block of Blawk Hawk Road in Eagan just after 10 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2012. The caller, a renter living in the lower level of the home, told police that he heard footsteps on the upper level of the home. The caller also told authorities that the upper portion of the house belonged to his landlords, who were on vacation in Florida.
After hearing the footsteps, the renter left to pick up groceries, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Dakota County Attorney's Office. When he returned, he again heard footsteps. Upon walking outside, the renter saw his landlords' vehicle being backed out of the garage. At that point, the man called police.
During the investigation, one of the victims' relatives allegedly told police that Staeheli, the brother of one of the victims, may have been involved in the break-in. Police say investigators also received an anonymous tip that the missing vehicle may be in Anoka.
Police visited the Anoka address, and allegedly found the stolen vehicle underneath a tarp in a garage. Inside the vehicle, police discovered nearly 200 items taken from the home, with a total estimated value of $6,961. The homeowner told police that Staeheli was temporarily storing the vehicle in the garage, according to the criminal complaint.
Investigators contacted Staeheli, who allegedly told police he had permission to take the vehicle from his brother's home. The victims, however, denied giving Staeheli permission to enter the home, take their vehicle or any other items.