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Afton man unable to negotiate his way out of burglary charge

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Washington County prosecutors apparently disagreed with an Afton man who thought mutual apologies ought to spare him from a burglary charge.

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Andrew Joachim, 20, is accused of entering a Lake Elmo garage Aug. 7 and attempting to steal seven snowboards. The alleged victim confronted Joachim during the incident causing him to flee the scene, according to a criminal complaint.

He was arrested at his home and taken to Washington County jail.

In an interview with county deputies, Joachim said the alleged victim chased him with a baseball bat.

But, Joachim told police, if that man were to apologize to him, then he would apologize for the burglary "and neither party should be charged with a crime," the complaint states.

Authorities didn't take Joachim up on his offer. He was charged Aug. 8 with third-degree burglary, a felony.

Joachim made his first court appearance Aug. 9 and was released on his own recognizance. He returns to court today.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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