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Worthington couple charged with burglary and theft

Rocha Jr. and Miles reportedly entered a home without permission and took a $2,000 pair of shoes and a vintage Nintendo gaming system.

WORTHINGTON — A Worthington couple is charged with felony-level second-degree burglary and theft without consent in Nobles County Fifth Judicial District Court. The charges stem from an incident that took place earlier this month.

San Isidro Guerrero Rocha, Jr., 40, and Patrice Leslie Miles, 39, allegedly gained entrance into a home within the city of Worthington sometime between Nov. 3-4. They are accused of taking a $2,000 pair of Louis Vuitton high-heeled shoes and a vintage Nintendo gaming console and games from a victim who had provided them a place to stay overnight in late October.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim stated she was away from home from Nov. 2 through Nov. 4. When she returned, both doors were open and her house was a mess. The victim stated she believed the people responsible for the crime were Rocha and Miles, whom she met at the probation office and allowed them to stay at her home on Oct. 28 when she was not there. The victim provided the couple with instructions on how to get into the home if they were locked out.

On Nov. 3, the victim reportedly received a text from Miles asking if she was home. The victim stated she was not home, but asked for the couple to give her a ride. They declined. When the victim returned home on Nov. 4, she discovered the house ransacked. She provided a list of missing items to law enforcement officers.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Miles’ and Rocha’s apartment, where they located the pair of high-heeled shoes and the vintage Super Nintendo gaming console and games. A later search of their vehicle included the reported discovery of a Super Mario game, which had also been on the victim’s list of missing items.

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Miles and Rocha were arrested and transported to the Nobles County Jail.

If convicted, they each face a maximum 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine on the burglary charge, and a maximum five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine on the felony theft charge.

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