MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 22-year-old St. Paul man has been accused of burglarizing a Wayzata jewelry store and is being linked to others, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Virgil Lee Kirkwood was charged with one felony count of third-degree burglary in connection to the Wayzata burglary, which occurred on Nov. 5, 2011.

According to the criminal complaint, Wayzata Police responded to a commercial business alarm at Shelly Storch Fine Jewelry located on 1250 East Wayzata Boulevard. When they arrived, officered found the business was closed and a large store front window had been broken. Inside, several jewelry display cases were also broken and numerous pieces of jewelry were reported missing.

Investigators managed to extract a sample of blood found on a damaged display case, which was sent to the crime lab for analysis. Later, on Feb. 3, 2012, a report of DNA testing of the blood matched the DNA of Kirkwood, who was on file with the FBI.

Kirkwood is also being linked to similar jewelry store burglaries in Anoka and Ramsey counties.

If convicted, Kirkwood could face up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Comments (11)
  1. Kevin says:


  2. Chigger .44 Stoppers says:


  3. Imagine That... says:

    … he was in the database. Who woulda thunk it? I bet this is the same brainiac that stole the cubic z’s at the other store. Let’s just shoot him

  4. Mother Babbitt says:

    The statement that he’ll get “uo to 5 years” explains why those career crooks remain on the job and continue remaining in the “base”…….. I agree with the first comments as a solution………it would save us tax payers much in legal fees and a little for incarceration, since he’d be part of that swinging-door crowd and be out in too short of a time.

  5. BS says:

    The bullchit going on, white-black-pink, who cares – fix the damn system. The Judges need to be accountable. A cop does his job and the Judge cuts him free or short time. Unfriggen real and unacceptable – maybe it’s time to toss the Judges inside with the nice chaps they seem to love.
    soap on a rope and ky for the judge

  6. JEAN says:

    don’t you just LOVE science ~ Kirkwood left his DNA behind..Thanks Virgil , many people appreciate your assistance in solving this mystery

  7. Brett says:

    Nice neck tats on this homie.

  8. family says:

    virgil is a hood legend you white folks can say what you want but us family members fingers are sitting real fat…lol what is wrong with stealing from the rich and giving to the poor hell i would do 5 yrs for 200 peices :))) of the finest jewelery i think it was well masterminded obviously carry’s very little time and 3 peices will pay for his attorney that means 197 left to flaunt

    1. ^ family of inbreeders, that is ^ says:

      197 left for crack?! Oh yeah, homie! Cmon, lemme come over & do you in the keister again – luv dat phat @$$ of yours. Now git back to shining my boots – i’ll tip a nice creamy facial if U done gud.

  9. Tycoon rings says:

    you have nice and beautiful jewelry i really impress to see it thanks,…..

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