Man pleads guilty to first-degree burglary

A man charged in Anoka County District Court in connection with two reported burglaries in Coon Rapids Oct. 26 has pleaded guilty to one of two felony charges.

Jerried Michael Curtis, 35, Brooklyn Park, entered a guilty plea Nov. 19 to a first-degree burglary charge. An attempted first-degree burglary count will be dismissed at sentencing Dec. 17. He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

But by his sentencing date, Curtis could well be facing more charges for burglaries in several communities, including Coon Rapids, according to Det. Chad Duckson, Coon Rapids Police, who investigated the Coon Rapids burglaries.

When Curtis was arrested at a residence in Ramsey, property recovered came from victims in nine different communities – Coon Rapids, Ramsey, Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Elk River, Big Lake Township and Dayton – in a period from late July through October.

Curtis is a suspect in 10 burglaries in Coon Rapids during that time period, Duckson said.

The victims went to Ramsey Police Department Nov. 19 and 20 in an effort to reclaim property they lost in the burglaries. The property was on display after it had been seized from Curtis at the time of his arrest.

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 matched that of Curtis who was being investigated for similar incidents in the area.

The man 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 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 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 VFW 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 residence 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 said she had known Curtis for a few weeks.

She told police 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 said she helped load up the car with his backpack, assorted jewelry in boxes and a box of watches.

The woman, 20, has not been charged in the cases.

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

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