Authorities: Masked-man broke into XL Trailers

An XL Trailer employee was apprehended after authorities say he burgled a building owned over the weekend by XL Trailers while sporting a black ski mask.

According to court documents, the Manchester P.D. was dispatched to 1057 South 3rd Street, a facility utilized by XL Trailers, at approximately 2:50 a.m. Oct. 22 for a burglary.

Upon arrival, law enforcement spoke with a witness who stated he came upon a man in a black mask inside the building. The witness told police he slammed the door shut on the masked man, but he was ultimately able to force his way past the witness. The masked man then ran northbound on South 3rd Street.

At 3:14 a.m., a Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy was parked on Grant Street when they observed a vehicle’s windows getting progressively more foggy. The deputy then made contact with Thomas Franck Rosauer, 34, of Independence, who was laying down in the front seat, documents state. Rosauer was detained and observed to be wearing the same clothing described by the witness.

Authorities also stated they located a black ski mask inside the vehicle, along with tools, copper wire, welding and plasma cutting equipment, methamphetamine, edible marijuana, drug paraphernalia and weapons including brass knuckles and a rechargeable stun gun. Court documents also note that Rosauer is a felon.

Law enforcement returned to XL Trailers, where Rosauer was identified by the witness as an employee who worked in the other building and knew the door code to enter, documents state. The witness then led law enforcement to 1039 South 3rd Street where they located several items stolen from XL Trailers at an approximate value of $1,300.

Rosauer was arrested on charges of burglary second degree, theft third degree, possession of a controlled substance marijuana, possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rosauer has an initial appearance in court scheduled for Nov. 1.