A man has been charged in Anoka County District Court in connection with two reported burglaries in Coon Rapids Oct. 26.
Jerried Michael Curtis, 35, Brooklyn Park, was arraigned in court Nov. 2 on a felony first-degree burglary charge and a felony attempted first-degree burglary count.
Bail was set at $100,000. Curtis has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Nov. 19 on guilty pleas to two felony receiving stolen property charges, one of which occurred in Coon Rapids earlier this year.
According to Det. Chad Duckson, Coon Rapids Police, Curtis is also a suspect in other area burglaries.
The evening of Oct. 26, the boyfriend of the homeowner of a residence on the 1300 block of 105th Lane N.W. returned to the house and saw an unknown male standing at the top of the stairs.
He confronted the male, who fled from the house and left in a dark-colored four-door vehicle believed to be a Chevrolet Lumina.
According to the complaint, police found a crow bar and a pillowcase containing numerous items belonging to the homeowner as well as signs of forced entry on the door of the garage and a screen removed from a door leading to the main level of the residence.
The description of the suspect allegedly matched that of Curtis who was being investigated for similar incidents in the area.
The man allegedly identified Curtis from a photo line-up as the suspect he confronted in the home.
Another incident in Coon Rapids was also reported to police the evening of Oct. 26 on the 10800 block of Bluebird Street.
According to the complaint, the homeowner observed a male walk out from the east side of his home and get into a dark-colored four-door sedan and found fresh pry marks on the patio door leading to the kitchen area.
The description given of the suspect allegedly closely resembled the description provided by the 105th Lane resident.
Soon after those reports, police received a call from a man reporting that his Chevrolet Lumina had been stolen, but when officers spoke to the man, he allegedly admitted that Curtis had contacted him the evening of Oct. 26, told him he was in trouble and that the man needed to report the vehicle stolen.
Officers found the car parked in the parking lot of the Coon Rapids VFW shortly after the two burglary reports.
Reviewing video surveillance of the parking lot, police observed a man park the Lumina and wait for about 18 minutes before a dark-colored Nissan Altima arrived, with activity between the two vehicles before the Altima left the parking lot.
According to the complaint, as police were preparing to execute a search warrant Nov. 1 on a resident on the 16000 block of Uranimite Street in Ramsey where Curtis was believed to be, they saw a dark-colored Nissan Altima parked in the driveway.
As it left the driveway, officers stopped the car and spoke to the driver, a woman, who alleged she had known Curtis for a few weeks.
She alleged that Curtis called her Oct. 26, said he was in trouble and needed to leave the Coon Rapids VFW.
When she arrived at the VFW parking lot, she alleged she help load up the car with his backpack, assorted jewelry in boxes and a box of watches.
The woman, 20, who was arrested on two probable cause counts of receiving stolen property, was released pending possible charges.
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