FARIBAULT — A Medford man has been arrested in connection to the burglary of a rural Rice County home that investigators say was solved by tracking a movie ticket stub left at the scene.
Rice County authorities executed a search warrant at the home of Darren Lawrence Voracek on Monday afternoon, just one day after Paul Goetze reportedly identified Voracek as his accomplice.
Goetze, 48, of Minneapolis, was charged Monday morning with second-degree burglary in the June 16 break-in at a home on the 24000 block of Bagley Avenue in southwest Rice County. The rural home was being renovated at the time and it was reported that about $3,000 worth of hand tools were taken.
Voracek, 43, was arrested after authorities found various hand tools that matched descriptions of items that had been stolen from the home, according to the criminal complaint. He is charged with second-degree burglary, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
A movie ticket stub found at the Bagley Avenue home led Rice County investigators to Northwoods Cinema Ten in Owatonna. There, they reportedly saw surveillance footage of Goetze buying tickets for himself and two teenage boys at the time the recovered ticket stub had been printed, according to court documents. Investigators checked for pawn activity and found that two saws and a hammer had been pawned by Goetze in Richfield on June 18.
Goetze was arrested Sunday after his Ford Explorer was spotted by a Minnesota State trooper. The vehicle matched the description of one seen near Horseshoe Lake on June 26, according to court documents. Two men were allegedly seen walking around campers and going through storage sheds on the property before leaving in the Explorer.
According to court documents, Goetze told authorities that he dropped the teenagers off after the movie and then picked up Voracek in Medford before going to the Bagley Avenue home.