Investigators use movie ticket to tie Minneapolis man to burglary
One day in mid-June, Paul Goetze went to a movie at the Northwoods Cinema Ten in Owatonna. After the movie, he allegedly broke into a rural home in Rice County and made off with about $3,000 worth of tools, the Owatonna People's Press reports. But his ticket stub stayed behind.
In a bit of sleuthing that would make any crime novelist proud, investigators used that clue to link Goetze, a 48-year-old Minneapolis resident, to the scene.
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Once Rice County law enforcement found the ticket stub, they tracked it back to the movie theater and combed its surveillance tapes for the 4:20 p.m. show. The theater had sold just five tickets.
From there, investigators checked pawn stores and found that Goetze had pawned two saws and a hammer drill two days after the alleged burglary, according to the criminal complaint. One of the investigators looked up Goetze's driver's license photo, and saw that he resembled one of the two adult men in the surveillance footage from the movie theater.
A Minnesota state trooper attested Goetze on Sunday, and in his car, found syringes, cocaine residue, lock picking tools, a bolt cutter, a pawn slip, and a pill of Oxycodone.
On Monday, Goetze and a man he identified as his accomplice were charged with with second-degree burglary, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
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