Le Center burglary attempt foiled by alert neighbor 23 Feb 12

A Le Center man’s burglary attempt was disrupted by an alert neighbor who witnessed the attempted break-in through her window and then called police.

According to a criminal complaint, Daniel Isaac Rupert tried to break in the back garage door of a residence on Inga Avenue in Le Center until he saw a neighbor looking at him through a window. Rupert then allegedly abandoned the break-in and took off running.

The neighbor called police and gave them the man’s name, saying she recognized him as someone she went to high school with.

Rupert first denied the accusation when approached by authorities, but after a Le Sueur County Sheriff’s canine unit arrived with a leather glove left at the scene, Rupert admitted to the attempted break-in.

Rupert was taken to the Le Sueur County Law Enforcement Center. He is being charged with attempted burglary in the first degree, a felony which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. He was released without bail on Feb. 3 and his first court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 21.