Minnesota Sen. Nicole Mitchell arrested and charged for burglary after being found in home

A Minnesota state senator has been arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, police say.

Democratic Sen. Nicole Mitchell was arrested after being found inside a home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, nearly four hours northwest of Woodbury, which she represents, Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd told USA TODAY.

Mitchell, 49, was booked at Becker County Jail on Monday and was being held on the burglary charge, Todd said.

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Mitchell’s late father lived on the block, records show

At about 4:45 a.m. Monday, police responded to a homeowner reporting a burglary, Todd said. Officers found a woman inside the home who police later identified as Mitchell.

County property tax records show that in 2022 Mitchell’s stepmother and her late father lived on the block where the suspected burglary occurred, the Star Tribune reported.

Sen. Nicole Mitchell serving her first term

Mitchell was elected in 2022 and is still serving her first term. Before that, she was a TV meteorologist and an Air National Guard commander.

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Caucus declined to comment but said it was “aware of the situation,” CBS News reported.

“The public expects legislators to meet a high standard of conduct,” Republican Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson said in a statement to CBS News. “As information comes out, we expect the consequences to meet the actions, both in the court of law, and in her role at the Legislature.”

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