by Eric Hagen
A GPS tracking device and quick work by the investigators enabled Ramsey police to recover a stolen iPad, according to Ramsey Police Chief Jim Way.
Two men were charged Jan. 26 with felony aiding and abetting burglary in the first degree. They are Coon Rapids resident Caleb Carl Clay Cooper, 1058 94th Ave. N.W., and Mounds View resident Richard Randal Gillispie. Both are 19 years old.
According to the criminal complaint, a Ramsey resident reported to police that someone had stolen an iPad from his home during the late evening hours of Jan. 23 or the early morning hours of Jan. 24. He forgot to close the garage door. Someone entered and got into his car where his iPad was.
The owner told police that the iPad could be tracked using GPS technology. Police tracked the iPad to a Ham Lake home where the resident said he traded marijuana for the iPad, the complaint alleges.
Authorities located Gillispie, who allegedly admitted during a post-Miranda statement that he and Cooper stole the iPad.
Gillispie also allegedly admitted he has been involved in several other burglaries occurring around the same time period and in the same area in Ramsey on Bowers Drive.
Police located Cooper, who also allegedly said he committed the crime and had been involved in several other burglaries.
According to Investigator Brad Bluml of the Ramsey Police Department, officers executed a search warrant at the Mounds View home where Gillispie lives at with his mother and on Cooper’s vehicle, which was parked at this residence.
A 32-inch television, a digital camera and two embroidered hockey sweatshirts were items stolen from Ramsey homes that were recovered from the Mounds View home and Cooper’s vehicle, according to the complaint.
A snowboard that may have been stolen from a New Hope home and an in-dash car DVD player that may have been stolen from a Coon Rapids homeowner’s vehicle were also recovered, the complaint alleges.
Bluml said police suspect these burglaries are tied in with the sale of marijuana and other drugs.
There was no forced entry at any of the Ramsey homes, he said.
The suspects allegedly entered through open garage doors or unlocked doors, so Bluml said that people must take steps to protect their property to make it harder to become the victim of a burglary.
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