Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Two men with a history of theft convictions are facing new charges in connection to the theft of thousands of dollars in items from a Rochester store. 

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Olmsted County prosecutors filed felony theft charges against 32-year-old Tyler Lentz of Eyota and 48-year-old Garrick Sneed of Rochester Wednesday. The criminal complaint accuses the men of stealing over $2,000 in merchandise from a store in northwest Rochester on June 19. 

Sneed. Olmsted County ADC
Sneed. Olmsted County ADC
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Store surveillance footage captured Lentz and Sneed leaving the store with stolen merchandise. Sneed was seen carrying items out through a side exit door and Lentz was spotted pushing a cart full of unpaid items out of the store, according to the complaint. 

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Olmsted County Court
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Store employees were able to obtain a description of the vehicle that investigators later learned had stolen plates. Roughly two hours after the reported theft, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two men, later identified as Sneed and Lentz, seen loading power tools into a vehicle at an Eyota residence. 

Tyler Lentz -photo from Olmsted County Sheriff's office
Tyler Lentz -photo from Olmsted County Sheriff's office
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Responding deputies recovered power tools, security cameras, and other items worth a combined $2,065.29 from the trunk of a vehicle at the Eyota residence, according to court documents. Sneed denied stealing items while talking with deputies. 

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Court records indicate Sneed has theft convictions that go back as far as 1992. He was charged in Olmsted County Court last month in connection to a stolen vehicle case

Lentz has five prior theft-related convictions in Olmsted and Winona Counties, with the most recent conviction occurring in 2020. Both men are in custody at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.

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