Dem state senator arrested on suspected first-degree burglary charges

 April 23, 2024

Minnesota politics was shaken up this week after a Democratic state senator was arrested. 

According to the Minnesota Reformer, State Sen. Nicole Mitchell, DFL-Woodbury, was arrested this week on suspected first-degree burglary charges.

Reports indicated that Mitchell, 49, was booked into the Becker County Jail.

The first-term state senator, also a former TV meteorologist, is "vice chair of the Senate State and Local Government and Veterans Committee," according to the outlet.

What happened?

The Reformer described how police came to arrest Mitchell after she was discovered inside a home:

Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd said at 4:45 a.m. on Monday, a 911 dispatcher received a call from a homeowner on Granger Road who reported that there was a burglar inside their home.

Notably, according to an anonymous Senate source, the house Mitchell is suspected of burglarizing belongs to the widow of her late father, according to the police report.

"The Senate DFL Caucus is aware of the situation and has no comment pending further information," said Marc Kimball, a spokesperson for the Senate DFL.

Another side of the story?

In a late-breaking update, Mitchell released a statement claiming that it was all essentially a misunderstanding. She claimed that she was sneaking into the home to retrieve her father's ashes and denied stealing anything from the home.

"Regarding the recent news: Like so many families, mine is dealing with the pain of watching a loved one decline due to Alzheimer's and associated paranoia," Mitchell wrote in a Facebook post.

"Over the weekend, I learned of medical information which caused me grave concern and prompted me to check on that family member. I entered a home I have come and gone from countless times in the past 20 years, where my son even once had his own room.Unfortunately, I startled this close relative, exacerbating paranoia, and I was accused of stealing, which I absolutely deny."

She continued, "Thank you to all my friends (and colleagues of both parties) for the kind words of support and for trusting my character even before I had a chance to respond. This has been a true tragedy for our family and my hope is it can return to being a private matter."

Many commentators cried foul on her story. Only time will tell who's telling the truth, but at this point, she'll have to prove her version to the DA.

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