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Afton man unable to negotiate his way out of burglary charge

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

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.

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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