by Eric Hagen
A 30-year-old St. Paul man has been accused in Anoka County District Court of separate thefts and burglaries in Andover over an eight-day period.
Christopher Michael Krolick has been charged with five different felonies including theft, second-degree burglary and three charges of fifth-degree controlled substance possession.
According to the criminal complaints, an Andover resident on the 15000 block of Thrush Street N.W. called police at 7:56 a.m. Feb. 23 to report a theft that had occurred at her residence. She told police that she recently moved into the home and was having new carpet installed. After the project was completed, she discovered that several pieces of jewelry and an envelope containing $1,500 in case were missing.
The owner of the carpet installation company called police at 8:05 a.m. that same day to report that one of his employees named Krolick had confessed to the theft, according to the complaint.
Deputies responded to this owner’s home where Krolick was taken into custody. He allegedly admitted to police in a post-Miranda statement that he stole the $1,500 in cash and two pairs of earrings. The estimated aggregate value of the stolen items is between $2,000 and $2,100.
Eight days later on March 2, the sheriff’s office received a call that a man was using a ladder to climb into the upper level window of an Andover home on the 14500 block of Bluebird Street.
Deputies allegedly caught Krolick carrying a full can of gasoline out of the garage.
After Krolick was arrested, deputies found a “large quantity” of Oxycodone, Diazepam and Ritalin pills in his pants pockets, according to the complaint. Some of the Ritalin pills were taken from a prescription bottle from inside the house.
In a post-Miranda statement, Krolick allegedly admitted that he did not have permission to enter the home and that he took gasoline and pills from the home.
As of March 6, Krolick remains in the Anoka County Jail on a combined bail amount of $30,000.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]