By Nicole Brodzik
Late last week, Minnetrista police arrested a man who they believe is behind a number of home burglaries in St. Bonifacius. Minnetrista Public Safety reported that there four burglaries and two attempted burglaries over the last month.
Chief Paul Falls said that the suspect would knock on doors or ring a doorbell to see if the homeowners were in their homes.
“This was rather odd,” Falls said. “He’d check to see if they were home before deciding if he wanted to try and rob them.”
Minnetrista police said in a press release that the suspect had made “incriminating statements” linking himself to the crimes. Officers searched a car and home, finding a number of stolen items, some of which are still be sorted through. That suspect is being held at Hennepin County Adult Detention Facility.
Falls said that while this kind of a crime string is rare in local communities, there are steps to take to keep homes safe.
“Make sure your house is secure,” he said. “Make it look like someone is home at all times and just watch out for you neighbors.”
Falls said that neighbors had seen the suspect lurking around and called the police. He credited the neighborhood watch mentality for catching the suspect before he struck again.
“This is a small town,” Falls said. “People talk, and we’re glad they talked to us and that these burglaries are stopping.”