Minn. principal allegedly stalked a police detective and has 'history of stealing identities'
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — By all accounts, Christopher Endicott was a buttoned-up middle school principal in burgeoning Lakeville, Minnesota.
Allegations levied against him in charges filed Thursday, Feb. 8, paint a different picture, one of a man described by police as having a "history of stealing identities and manipulating his victim's information and accounts."
Endicott, already under investigation for unauthorized access of a computer, is now accused of stalking several people, including a police detective.
The Century Middle School principal was charged Thursday with gross misdemeanor stalking for allegedly driving near an Apple Valley police detective's home twice and to the police station three times in one day.
Endicott, 49, of Apple Valley, was arrested Tuesday on the stalking charge and booked into Dakota County jail; he posted $6,000 bond Thursday.
A call to Endicott's home Thursday night for comment was not immediately returned.
The criminal complaint accuses Endicott of "possibly" following his victims, breaking into their residences and vehicles and taking personal information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, passwords, names of children and maiden names.
"The initial investigation has shown that Mr. Endicott has an extensive history of stealing identities and manipulating his victims' information and accounts," the complaint read.
During a Feb. 6 search of Endicott's Apple Valley home, detectives also found paperwork that shows he pleaded guilty to a shoplifting charge in North Dakota in September 2016.
Apple Valley police Capt. Nick Francis said Thursday that investigators will most likely recommend to the county attorney's office that additional stalking charges be considered.
Since mid-January, Endicott has been the subject of an investigation by Apple Valley police into unauthorized access of a mobile phone and an iPad issued to a woman who works at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley.
The criminal complaint filed Thursday in the stalking charge identifies the woman as the assistant principal at Scott Highlands. The woman, who lives in Apple Valley, was also stalked by Endicott, charges said.
Endicott's wife, Andrea, is a counselor and teacher at Scott Highlands. Police have said she is also a focus of the investigation; both Endicotts have been on paid leave from their jobs since the investigation began.
Endicott has been principal at the Lakeville middle school since 2012.
During the investigation, Apple Valley police got a court order to allow electronic mobile tracking of Endicott. A device was put on his pickup truck Jan. 12.
On Feb. 3, an Apple Valley police detective who was monitoring the device learned that Endicott was in "very close proximity" to his home.
"While reporting this, the detective appeared panicked and concerned," the complaint read. "The detective was concerned not only for his safety but for the safety of his immediate family."
Endicott lives about 6 1/2 miles from the detective.
Two days later, the tracker showed Endicott again went near the detective's home.
"The detective was again panic-stricken and fearful of what (Endicott) might be doing at his residence," the complaint read.
There were no footprints or other signs that Endicott tampered with the detective's home.
That same day, Endicott drove to the police station but did not stop. He later returned and sat in his car. When officers walked toward his truck, he pulled away, according to a criminal complaint.
About three hours later, he drove past the station. The complaint accuses Endicott of "conducting surveillance" on the parking lot to see if the detective's vehicle was there.
The next day, he drove through the police station parking lot and to the Shakopee home of one of his stalking victims, charges allege. Detectives requested help from Shakopee police to "ensure the safety of the stalking victim," the complaint read. Police stopped him, questioned him and let him go.
About a half-hour later, Apple Valley investigators learned that the tracking device had been removed from Endicott's truck.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Endicott's home later that night. They located several electronic devices, hard drives and personal mail that did not belong to anyone living at the home, as well as property from Century Middle School, including numerous checkbooks, charges said.
It is believed that Endicott acquired the property after being placed on leave, charges said.
Apple Valley police said Thursday that it is likely to take six months to a year to analyze Endicott's computers and electronic devices that were seized last month from his home as part of the investigation into the unauthorized access of a computer.
Other than a speeding conviction in Dakota County in 2011, Endicott does not have a criminal record in Minnesota, court records show.