Ticket stub vital clue to solving burglary in Rice County caper


Police arrested a Medford man 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.

The Owatonna People's Press reports that Paul Goetze, 48, was charged Monday morning with second-degree burglary in the June 16 break-in at a home in southwest Rice County. The rural home was being renovated and about $3,000 worth of hand tools were taken.

Rice County cops were all over this one. The People's Press says a movie ticket stub found at the home led Rice County investigators to Northwoods Cinema Ten in Owatonna. They 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.

The Associated Press says investigators also checked for pawn activity and found Goetze had allegedly pawned two saws and a hammer in Richfield on June 18.

KSTP-TV reports Goetze later identified as an accomplice 43-year-old Darren Lawrence Voracek, of Medford, who faces the same charge.

The Owatonna paper says both men are charged with second-degree burglary, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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