Man charged with burglary of Rosemount businesses

A Rosemount man is facing felony charges after late-night break-ins at two area businesses.

Kevin R. Hlavka, 30, was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of motor vehicle theft Sept. 4 following a police investigation at Rick’s Auto Repair and Wills Welding and Repair, businesses both located at 15280 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount.

According to the criminal complaint, both businesses reported forced entry of their doors on June 4. A laptop computer had been stolen, and a 2002 Nissan Altima was missing, with the keys for the car taken during the burglary.

Hlavka, who was identified as a suspect during the police investigation, told officers he had been walking on Highway 3 in Rosemount after bar close and came upon the two businesses.

He admitted stealing the laptop and the keys to the Nissan Altima, and he drove off in the Nissan but only made it as far as Cannon Falls when the car broke down, the complaint said.

If convicted of all three charges, Hlavka faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.