More criminal charges filed against Lakeville principal
Just when you think you've gotten a handle on this story it takes another turn! A Lakeville principal is now facing even MORE criminal charges after he allegedly took valuable sports cards from a couple who are renting his Apple Valley house.
The new charges were filed on Thursday which was also the same day that Chris Endicott, 50, made his first court appearance on felony charges filed last month in the burglary of a neighbor’s home.
Back in February, he was charged with a gross misdemeanor for allegedly stalking a police detective who was investigating Endicott over allegations of hacking.
Lakeville school officials suspended Endicott with pay in January from his job at Century Middle School while police investigated him for hacking into a phone and iPad belonging to a woman who worked at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley, where Endicott’s wife works as a counselor and teacher. On March 13, the Lakeville school board suspended Endicott without pay.
According to the stalking complaint, Endicott stalked the woman and several others, broke into their homes and vehicles to steal personal information and app passwords. Police said there are at least 10 victims over at least five years and they’re not sure why he was collecting the information.
Then in late February, a felony charge was filed stemming from a burglary at his next-door neighbor’s Apple Valley home back in 2015. A Lakeville school resource officer found a gold ring, three watches, an antique fork and knife, a class rink, a Mercedes-Benz key ring and thumb drive in Endicott’s file cabinet at school — all belonging to the neighbors.
Authorities indicated that Endicott went missing Feb. 22 and authorities found and arrested him at a fish house in Otter Tail County. According to Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, Endicott received a medical evaluation at Regions Hospital in St. Paul to determine if he is a danger to himself or others.
On March 3, according to second-degree burglary and theft charges filed Thursday, Endicott showed up at the door of a couple who rents a house from him in Apple Valley, revealing a plastic tote with more than $700 worth of sports cards. He admitted he took the items while they were out of the country.