Police: West Metro Burglar Strikes Again, 4 More Times

EDINA, Minn. (WCCO) — Four more residential burglaries have occurred in west Edina, which police believe follow the pattern of three similar incidents in April and early May.

Police say the most recent burglaries occurred around the Memorial Day weekend and involved forced entry. In two incidents, outside wires were cut and in three, jewelry was taken from the home.

Two of the incidents occurred during the day or early evening when the homes were not occupied.

Police say they don’t have any witnesses to the burglaries and no new suspect or vehicle information has been given. The investigation is ongoing.

Police Sergeant Brian Tholen said they think there may be two people hitting the homes, with one breaking in and another in a waiting car.

“Very brazen. We have not seen this type of activity in a long time,” he said.

Edina Police have increased patrols in the affected areas and are reminding all residents to be alert for anything out of the ordinary, including people who may seem to be lost or confused.

Lauren Schuster is a “stay at home” mom, and said she is very worried.

“We are a little bit more cautious. We are a little bit more cautious about who is around we want to make sure we know who is having work done at their house, and when it is being done,” she said.

Police said they are increasing the amount of marked and unmarked patrol in the area and would like to remind residents to be alert for anything out of the ordinary and call 911, if needed.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

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  • Jim

    “Police say they don’t have any witnesses to the burglaries and no new suspect or vehicle information has been given.”

    So who’s the guy in the photos? Good reporting? Is that a stock photo, or…?

    • qryptik1

      It’ll be funny when he cuts the wires on a system like mine, that has cellular back-up on it. 2 miles from the police department. He’ll be caught soon enough. If I happen to be home, he’ll get one between the eyes; and I’m sure the cops will see the knife in his hand. Just sayin’

      • tom

        I agree, he will be carried by six, not judged by 12.

  • Good Ol Boy

    Uhhh, the guy in the photos is the suspect. So, accurately they are reporting they have no further suspect or vehicle information, since those were acquired in previous burglaries.

    I’m a little confused about your confusion.

    • Jim

      How do you know the guy in the photos is a suspect? ESP?

      • Good Ol Boy

        It said so in the first article abou tthe burglaries. They had his picture from surveillance video immediately. So, not ESP.

        • Jim

          Since this is the first I’ve heard or read about this story, I have to assume WCCO assumes I have ESP. But sadly I don’t.

          • Reasonable

            Headline: Burgular Strikes *AGAIN, 4 MORE TIMES*

            I don’t know man, context clues?

            RE: Pawn Shops
            Anything without a serial # is fair game, anything with a serial # is held for a specific period of time before being put on the shelf. Each city has different laws regarding pawn shops so the guy could be going to a few different places to fence the stuff. Also, there’s no serial registry for Craigs List…

            • Jim

              I realize this is not the first story about this, but should it be assumed that everyone read the first story and remembers the photo caption?

  • Edina Neighbor

    Homes in Richfield are broken into every week. Why does Edina get some much attention?

    • ITsOKJusttakeAToke

      Its not hard of a question to answer….just watch trading places and you’ll know why. same reason they insist on raising taxes on the middleclass while the fat cats in cake eating country continue to feast.

    • Bb

      Because it is a rich mans community, why else.

    • tom

      becasue richfield is turning into a ghetto

  • Sam

    He better not make the mistake of coming into my house when I’m home because I’ll introduce him to my two friends Smith & Wesson.

    • dan

      To Sam.

      Can’t believe how original you are. You must be living in the 1920’s

      • st paul

        I agree with Sam. It’s only a matter of time before this guy gets what he has coming to him.

    • Cali Kush

      To Sam > You don’t even own a Smith & Wesson..And you lack the masculine fortitude to actually pull the trigger on a Burglar..So your remark is moot.

    • Wow

      I would hit him in the face with a baseball bat. I have no gun but a bat would do the trick I think.

  • JamieinMN

    Come on! Someone out there HAS to know this guy…..It’s getting so much attention because it’s ONE person hitting multiple homes and he’s quite good at it. Also Edina Neighbor, I don’t know if you noticed up there^^^^ but they have him on camera! Those are some of the reasons as to why this is getting so much attention.

    • edina neighbor

      I would suspect that many of the breakins in my neighborhood are done by the same person, but we don’t have the money to put security cameras on our homes.

      • JamieinMN

        Well, some people do and they choose to do so. Even people outside of Edina. It’s nobody’s fault but your own if you can’t install security cameras.

    • DJAbraham

      I agree, Jamie – that’s a pretty damn good picture.

  • Anna

    What about the Pawn Shops who are accepting all of the stolen goods?! They are encouraging this criminal behavior!

    • JamieinMN

      They’re just trying to run a business…Are they supposed to REFUSE everything? This is law enforcements job, to keep track of what’s being pawned and where if it has been reported stolen, however, most of the time people don’t keep track of serial numbers on anything so there is virtually no way of getting the items back to the owners.

  • BB

    They will get this guy soon, his picture is all over the news and someone is going to ID him sooner or later. He may not be from Minnesota at all, so I say go nationwide with his picture and see what comes up.

  • Coolbreeze

    Even the cops in Arkansas know enough to look for the guy in the photographs. This here be some mighty sloppy police work boys! Someone needs to give the photos to the cops…no, wait! Have the cops hop on-line and read this article! Look fellas…here he is!

  • MAJ

    Neighbors sometimes have to be noisy. If you see anything unusual in your neighborhood just send an e-mail to your Police Dept. They are the best friends we have. In our neighborhood after one e-mail a drug dealer was arrested. The police need help -they can’t be everywhere.

  • Ferris Lind

    it always amazes me when i come on to this site . to see so much anger over ‘comments’ being made over something that within 5 min after viewing this page will forget or even care anymore.

    • Cali Kush

      Ferris Lind > You are easily amazed..Get out much??

      • JamieinMN

        Hahahaha, worrrrrd. Ferris, maybe you should STOP coming on here then…or just STFU. Just a suggestion.

  • Jody

    While this is sad, it is happening, I was already a victim of this, thankfully the only thing they stole was my lawnmower… so I guess I was one of the lucky ones, from now on, I have someone at my house at all times… resource to friends or family members that are not working and ask them to keep an eye of your house when you are out… and I have all of my electronics serial numbers track down… just in case, this was a real eye opener on ho easy they can do this

    • JamieinMN

      :-/ I really hope they catch this guy. I’m glad you have people who can watch your home 24/7.

  • lhall

    if I was the suspect and I was reading this article, wouldn’t I move to and hit another city after reading that “Edina Police have increased patrols in the affected areas” ? I don’t condone what this guy is doing but they are making it so easy for him. It’s actually kind of funny. All he has to do is read or watch the news to find out what neighborhood to hit next.

    • tom

      They just say they increased patrols, what did they do, hire a dozen more cops, they only have so many on the payroll, they can only patrol just as much as they have been, they just say that to make everyone feel better. Think about it.

      • JPX

        They are taking officers from other parts of the city and saturating the target areas… think about it

  • lol


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