Lee Michael Rolfes, 38 of Iona, was arrested in connection with a burglary that took place at the Black Oak Car Wash in Montevideo last week.

Lee Michael Rolfes, 38 of Iona, was arrested in connection with a burglary that took place at the Black Oak Car Wash in Montevideo last week.

At his initial court appearance in Chippewa County District court on Monday, Rolfes was charged with one count of second degree burglary, two counts of third degree burglary, theft, and criminal damage to property, all of which are felonies. He also was charged with one misdemeanor count of fleeing on foot and one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Montevideo Police Department was notified of the break-in. Surveillance video from the scene showed a vehicle arriving at the car wash about 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. The alleged suspect exited the vehicle and appeared to break into a mechanical room where a change machine was kept.

Video from the next morning showed the same vehicle at the car wash, as well as someone removing electrotonic and power equipment from the premises.

Police were able to locate a vehicle that matched the car seen on the surveillance video at the nearby Burnsdale Apartments. Officers searched an apartment and found Rolfes hiding in a bedroom closet. Rolfes allegedly exited the closet shouting and lunging toward the officers. He then eluded capture by jumping out of a window in the second floor apartment.

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