Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle Leads to Pair of Arrests in Rochester
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- A pursuit of a vehicle reported stolen led to the arrests of two people in Rochester Wednesday morning.
Rochester Police Lt. Frank Ohm said an Olmsted County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a Pontiac that was reported stolen in the area of 1st St. and 11th Ave. in southeast Rochester around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ohm says a Rochester Police Officer in the area also spotted the vehicle and attempted to pull over the male driver in the area of 1st. St. Northeast and Civic Center Dr., but the vehicle accelerated away from the officer.
The officer pursued the vehicle but called it off when the vehicle’s speed reached between 70 and 75 mph at the intersection of 7th St. and 11th Ave. Northwest, according to Ohm. Officers searched the area but could not locate the vehicle on Tuesday.
The next day, officers responded to a medical call in the 1,000 block of 40th St. Southwest involving a man and woman in a parked vehicle. Responding officers found the man sleeping in the vehicle that matched the description of the one reported stolen and involved in the Tuesday afternoon pursuit.
Ohm says officers arrested 41-year-old Daniel Hill on suspicion of fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. Police released the female passenger before a search of the vehicle recovered a pair of tool bags containing approximately $1,100 worth of tools that were stolen from the Rochester Lowes store.
Ohm says store video captured 32-year-old Catherine Pelowski stealing the tools. Ohm says officers found and arrested Pelowski a couple of hours after releasing her. She’s expected to face a charge for felony shoplifting.