Hastings man convicted on burglary charges
FBI Special Agent in Charge, J. Christopher Warrener, in conjunction with the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis, announces the convictions of Derek Edward Benedict of Hugo, Minnesota, and Lyle Robert Carpenter of Hastings, Minnesota of charges relating to burglaries of pharmacies and automated teller machines (ATMs). Both Benedict and Carpenter were convicted on ten federal counts, which included: Conspiracy, Bank Burglary, Bank Larceny, Credit Union Burglary, Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, and Burglary of Controlled Substances.
The offenses charged began in November of 2009 and ended in February of 2013. Benedict and Carpenter, along with others, broke into businesses at night, disabled the alarm systems, and took cash from the businesses’ safes and/or ATMs located within the businesses. In addition, Benedict and Carpenter committed burglaries of multiple pharmacies in Minnesota and one in Iowa in which they stole both controlled substances and cash.This matter was jointly investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Secret Service, and the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force. The prosecutions of both Benedict and Carpenter were conducted by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.