Guilty plea in Anoka copper theft

A man seen leaving an Anoka home posted as foreclosed with a box containing copper piping has pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Anoka County District Court.

In a plea agreement June 4, Tervis Junior King, 47, Minneapolis, entered a guilty plea to a third-degree felony count after originally being charged with second-degree burglary.

The court sentenced the case as a gross misdemeanor, giving King credit for five months spent in jail as satisfying the sentence, court records state.

The early afternoon of Sept. 2, 2011 a caller reported that a male had entered a home at 1900 Ferry St. N.W., come back out carrying a box and left on a bike.

Police were aware the home was foreclosed and posted no entry and on arrival, found a man on a bike with a box and stopped him, identifying him as Tervis, according to the complaint.

The box contained copper piping.

In a post-Miranda statement, King said he had slept into the residence, then left and came back to take the box of copper tubing he had noticed to sell to a scrap yard for money.

The person who called police came to the seen and identified Tervis as the man he has seen enter the house and leave with the box.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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