Edina Police Investigate ‘Unusual’ String Of Burglaries

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

EDINA, Minn. (WCCO) — Edina Police are asking for the public’s help after a recent string of burglaries that could be related to similar cases in a couple other cities.

Police said three “unusual” forced-entry home burglaries occurred within the last five weeks, all during the day. In two of the cases, the suspect cut phone lines to the home and stole jewelry.

In the most recent incident, a female homeowner surprised the suspect in her home, prompting him to flee.

The suspect in the most recent case is described as a white man in his 40s with dark hair and a receding hairline. He fled the home in a brown sedan with a white woman in the front passenger seat.

Police believe the Edina burglaries are linked to similar cases in Plymouth, Minnetonka and Minneapolis.

“This is a top priority for us, and I hope that someone will come forward with something to help us find this guy, or group,” said Edina Police Chief Jeff Long in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to call Edina Police at 952-826-1600.

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  • JamieinMN

    Really? Cutting the phone lines. About 95% of the population have cell phones you idiots! Hope they catch the perps.

    • Ven

      I’m sure it’s done to prevent alarms automatically calling 911 during a break-in.

      • JamieinMN

        Yea I guess I did forget about security systems……….didn’t realize people still used those either.

        • JamieinMN

          That I do! :-D Stalker…….

          • gk

            FUNNY! Realist stalks around the newspaper articles for your comments. ha!

            • JamieinMN

              Yea it’s kind of disturbing that someone would do that. Seems like someone has nothing better to do :-/ Meh, oh well. Not the first time, won’t be the last.

        • JamieinMN

          At least I can construct a COMPLETE and grammatical sentence. Which is quite rare around these parts.

          • GK

            TruthHurts is even funnier!!!!

        • Deputy Rob

          People do, indeed, use them and much to law enforcement’s chagrin. Cops respond to residential alarms day and night and 99.9999% of them are operator error. And who pays for all the law enforcement resources it takes to respond to false alarms? YOU do, with YOUR tax dollars. In essence, alarm companies profit by charging monthly “monitoring fees” and do little to nothing to earn that income. They merely sit back and let YOUR tax dollars do all the work. While city and county law enforcement ultimately will charge homeowners for false alarms, most don’t begin billing until the third false alarm at the same residence. Alarm companies should send their own “guards” to chase these alarms and then they’ll see how expensive residential alarms are.

          • Larry

            I mean no disrespect to you, but I disagree with your opinion.
            Let’s say Deputy Larry is on duty and he has to respond to an automatic burglar alarm.
            Does that mean it costs tax payers more than paying Deputy Larry to sit in his squad car and wait for “real crime” to happen?
            I agree with you in that 50% of the people that own home alarms don’t have a clue on how to use them properly and that false alarm do tie up police resources, but that’s what the penalty fee is for.
            I personally don’t mind taking a false alarm call…it’s the ones that turn out to be real that get my blood flow.

      • Ranger

        They also have built in cell phones so cutting the lines does not work.

        • Jeffery Gauss

          All of them have wireless backup?

      • Jeffery Gauss

        They cut the phone lines to cut off the alarm systems. Calling the cops is secondary for them.

    • JamieinMN

      YES really!

    • K.

      Don’t assume unless you know the facts. I don’t think it’s as high as 95% since many people keep their phone lines for high-speed internet access. At least I do. I know many, many people who still have land lines in addition to their cell phones.

      • JamieinMN

        I never said anything about landlines…….I know alot of people who cell phones AND landlines as well, including me.

      • Alan McAllister

        @K. High Speed Internet on the phone lines? DSL…that;s not high speed.

  • Todd W. Olson

    Home security systems rely on the phone lines, Jamie. Perhaps these perps are not as foolish as you think.

    • JamieinMN

      Lol, I don’t think I would make a very good criminal…I forget about these kinds of things.

  • Eric

    Any good security system will use a cellular dialer as a backup. A business I worked at in 2000 had one.

  • jonathan

    Newer home security systems are capable of trasmitting alarms by celluar tower.

  • http://zagwee.wordpress.com zagwee

    Edina POlice are not the brightest bulbs in the pack. It will probably never get solved.


    • Eewgaz

      You are so insightful. I think you have all the information anyone will ever need. How can one get to your level of intelligence?

  • concerned lady

    Cutting the lines lets the alarm companies know and then an alert is sent out! I hope they catch these turkeys too!

  • Duex

    Many security systems use cell based alarm triggers so cutting the phone lines will do no good. Most of you know that but the ones who don’t I will paying you a visit because I know it is safe to get into your house, JK

    • Realist

      You will leave my house in a horizontal position with a few extra holes in your body.

      • SomeOddGuy

        Ouch.. burned ! Good one though :)

      • Alan McAllister

        @ Realist….love it….me too…

  • Catelyn

    Nearly all security systems have cellular backup or would send out auto alerts if power shuts down. Go crawl in a hole thieving creeps.

  • protect whats yours

    break into my house and taste 34.5″ of carbon steel w/spikes to pull out your organs

    • I don't understand what your saying.

      I don’t understand what your saying.

      • basic intelligence police

        you’re, not your.

  • Paul Braam

    They should check with Lesueur county, blue earth county and nicollet county, same thing there during the day, front doors kicked in , and a report of a brownish tan Vehicle

  • Nancy Aleshire

    Have a real simple suggestion here–GET A DOG!!!!!!!!

  • b.v.rither

    Nancy is right-Mastiff,G.Shephard,Rottweiller.A trained canine is worth a 1000 times any alarm system.Thay can smell,Hear,bark and BITE.They are willing to die for their master.They can run,jump and growl.Oh ya, A perfect friend.

  • NavyVet

    Most likely the back signal wasn’t sent because most of them after a while don’t pay their bill. They still have the signs and think that is enough to deter a criminal.
    These could also be insurance jobs!

  • Eric

    I’m guessing “meth heads”. My parents got robbed this way in Edina in 2007 as well. My mother insisted that one of them must have been an older woman because they didn’t toss any of her keepsakes on the floor or break up anything.

  • jon

    Funny…. A white man commits a crime in a white neighborhood and nobody is flooding the article with 100’s of posts, but let this happen in brooklyn park and it would be a racial battle on here….

  • Vanessa

    Well I do live in Edina and I was a victim of this, this past weekend someone broke into my house and stole the lawnmower… so now I will be putting some sort of security system

  • Nancy Wright

    I don’t believe these people who have been burglarized realize what has really happened yet…their identities might have been stolen at the time of these burglaries. This happened to me when I lived in Eden Prairie. I was robbed for years, including my passports and all of my financial information. The Eden Prairie Police refused to write police reports or do anything to help me.

    I moved out of Eden Prairie because of the burglaries and now live in Edina and I commend the Edina police for their expedency on going after criminals and fighting crime. They WILL find out who is doing these burglaries and justice WILL be served. I believe in the Edina police with my whole heart and soul! They are excellent at what they do! If anyone can solve these crimes, the Edina police can!

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