A Minneapolis man has been charged with breaking into a Southwest Minneapolis greenhouse and trying to steal coins from change and soda machines.
James Davin Fischer, 45, is charged with third-degree burglary, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Fischer remains in the Hennepin County Jail on a $20,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled July 11 in Hennepin County District Court.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by Minneapolis Police Sgt. James Jensen, police responded to a burglary in progress at in the 6000 block of Lyndale Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. June 28.
A caller told police that two suspects had broken into the greenhouse through the front door, and were still inside the building.
When they arrived, officers found one of the suspects – later identified as Fischer – holding a crowbar and trying to climb out of a broken window, the complaint says. Fischer told police, “I’m caught. I [expletive] up,” according to the complaint.
A Bachman’s employee told police that a change machine and a soda machine inside the building had been damaged, as though someone had tried to pry them open.
Fischer’s criminal record includes a number of convictions for theft-related offenses, including two this year: He was convicted in Hennepin County in February of possession of burglary tools, a felony, and on June 6 of misdemeanor theft in Anoka County.