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Austin man pleads not guilty to burglary and drug crimes

Alberto Garcia Alberto Garcia

Police say he was arrested after breaking into an ex-girlfriend's home.

Posted: Jul. 26, 2018 2:29 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A man charged with several burglary and drug crimes is pleading not guilty.

Alberto Garcia, 30 of Austin, was arrested on July 10. Police say a woman reported the day before that Garcia had broken into her home. The woman told officers that Garcia, her ex-boyfriend, busted through a locked door and she found him sitting at her kitchen table.

The woman says she saw a glass pipe and pills on the table next to Garcia and an argument began about Garcia bringing drugs into her house. The woman says she started to call police and that’s when Garcia grabbed a black bag out of her bedroom, left the house, kicked in the door to the garage, and took a yellow tool bag. The woman says Garcia left and she followed him for about a block before losing sight of him.

Austin police say the black bag had the woman’s identification, credit cards, insurance cards, and $40 cash. The glass pipe tested positive for methamphetamine and the pills were also a controlled substance, clonazepam. The contents of the yellow tool bag are unknown.

Police took Garcia into custody after chasing him through some yards and say he denied breaking into the woman’s home and garage, denied knowing where the drugs came from, and said the woman had stolen $90 from him.

Garcia entered not guilty pleas Thursday to 1st and 3rd degree burglary, storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, 5th degree drug possession, and theft. His trial is set for November 13.

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