Minnesota State Senator Nicole Mitchell Charged with First-Degree Burglary

Minnesota State Senator Nicole Mitchell Charged with First-Degree Burglary
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Nicole Mitchell, a Demo­c­ra­t­ic state sen­a­tor from Min­neso­ta, has been charged with first-degree bur­glary after alleged­ly break­ing into her step­moth­er’s home in Detroit Lakes. 

Accord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Mitchell, a for­mer Twin Cities mete­o­rol­o­gist and Air Force vet­er­an, was arrest­ed ear­ly Mon­day morn­ing after police respond­ed to a bur­glary call.

The charges state that Mitchell, dressed in all black cloth­ing and a black hat, was found in the base­ment of her step­moth­er’s home. She admit­ted to police that she had dri­ven from Wood­bury at around 1 a.m. with the inten­tion of retriev­ing her late father’s belong­ings, includ­ing pic­tures, a flan­nel shirt, and ashes. 

Mitchel­l’s father passed away last year, and she claimed that her step­moth­er had ceased all con­tact with the fam­i­ly and refused to give her the items.

Dur­ing the inci­dent, police dis­cov­ered a flash­light cov­ered with a black sock and a back­pack con­tain­ing two lap­tops, a cell­phone, Mitchel­l’s Min­neso­ta dri­ver’s license, Sen­ate iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, and mis­cel­la­neous Tupperware.

One of the lap­tops appeared to belong to Mitchel­l’s step­moth­er, which she claimed was giv­en to her “way back when,” a state­ment refut­ed by her stepmother.

Mitchell, who rep­re­sents the cities of Wood­bury and Maple­wood in the Min­neso­ta Sen­ate, is cur­rent­ly serv­ing her first term. She pre­vi­ous­ly worked as a mete­o­rol­o­gist for KSTP-TV and Min­neso­ta Pub­lic Radio and is a Lieu­tenant Colonel in the Air Nation­al Guard, com­mand­ing the 126th Weath­er Flight.

Mitchell has been charged with one count of felony first-degree bur­glary and is await­ing fur­ther legal proceedings.

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