Rochester Woman Accused of Stealing Mattress, Other Items from Apartment Complex
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- A Rochester woman is facing four felony charges related to mail theft after she allegedly stole two packages last year.
The criminal complaint filed Monday against 25-year-old Ashlynn Newman accuses her of stealing the packages from a Rochester apartment complex on July 31, 2021. Officers were called to the complex by a tenant who reported their package was not in the building’s entry area despite getting a message that confirmed it had been delivered. Staff at the apartment complex described Newman as a "repeat unknown offender," according to the complaint.
Investigators reviewed security camera footage that shows Newman allegedly opening the package and removing a blanket that was inside. The complaint says Newman returned to the same apartment complex later that day and allegedly stole a second package that contained a mattress and mattress springs.
Security camera footage from outside of the building showed Newman getting into a vehicle that law enforcement had come into contact with three times in 2021. Court records show Newman was convicted of misdemeanor theft by shoplifting last year.
Newman is charged with two counts of Mail Theft-Intentionally Removes Mail from Depository without Claim of Right and two counts of Mail Theft-Intentionally Removes Mail Addressed to Another without Claim of Right. She’s scheduled to make her first court appearance on October 13.