Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Christopher Jerome Endicott, age 50, of Apple Valley, has been charged* with one felony count of Burglary in the 2nd Degree in connection with allegations he broke into the home of a neighbor in 2015 and stole two rings.
A summary of the allegations contained in the criminal complaint filed today is set forth below:
On November 1, 2015, Apple Valley police officers were dispatched to a home on a report of a burglary. Homeowners told police that upon returning home from out of town they found a basement window had been broken and pulled open. They also noted that someone had been in the master bedroom. The homeowners found two safes that had been pulled out into the basement hallway. Both were damaged but only one had been opened. At that time, the homeowners were unable to identify if anything was missing. Two days later, police were contacted by one of the homeowners who indicated that she was missing a white gold ring with a small diamond and a key ring that had their house keys on it.
On January 12, 2018, Endicott was suspended from his job as principal of a Lakeville middle school. On February 21, 2018, a Lakeville School Resource Officer opened a drawer of a file cabinet in Endicott’s former school office, which he was using at that time, and discovered three watches, a gold ring, an antique fork and knife, a Coon Rapids High School class ring, a key on a Mercedes Benz key ring, and a thumb drive. Investigators subsequently met with the homeowner who lived next to Endicott and whose home was burglarized in November of 2015 and she positively identified both the gold ring and the class ring as belonging to her.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at: Inmate Search.
Endicott was arrested on February 23, 2018 by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and was transported to the Dakota County jail.
Endicott was previously charged on February 8, 2018 with gross misdemeanor Stalking in connection with allegations that he followed, monitored or pursued an Apple Valley Police Detective.
Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case, and the Lakeville Police Department and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.
Endicott made his first court appearance on these felony charges today, and bail was set in the amount of $50,000 without conditions, or no bail with conditions, by Judge Cynthia McCollum. Backstrom said his office had requested bail of $50,000 without conditions and $40,000 with conditions. His next court appearance was set for March 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings. If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.