St. Paul man facing charges for stealing from vehicles in St. Francis

A man has been charged in Anoka County District Court with two felonies for allegedly committing a burglary and stealing property from vehicles on a St. Francis street one night in early August.

David Kevin Wenzel, 21, St. Paul, is due back in court Sept. 12 on first-degree burglary and theft charges. Bail was set at $5,000 at his arraignment Aug. 12.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Aug. 9, St. Francis Police responded to reports of a series of thefts from vehicles and a burglary from residents living on the 23300 block of Yucca Street NW.

At one home, a woman told police that two packs of Marlboro cigarettes as well as the keys to her van had been stolen while she was asleep in bed that night.

There was no sign of forced entry, but the sliding glass door had been unlocked and the purse was near the door, according to the complaint.In addition, numerous unlocked vehicles on the street and in driveways had been entered and property stolen.

In addition, numerous unlocked vehicles on the street and in driveways had been entered and property stolen.

The stolen property included two subwoofers, a compact disc player, a bottle of rum, a carrying bag containing miscellaneous screwdriver and tools, a GPS unit, DVD player and a laptop computer, all with a total value of at least $1,250.

A short while later, police received a report of a suspicious male hiding under a bush on Yucca near where the thefts and burglary had occurred, the complaint states.

The person was identified as Wenzel and in a pocket, he allegedly had a packet of Marlboro cigarettes which matched those stolen from the home, while a screwdriver which matched the one stolen from a vehicle was on the ground nearby.

A search of Wenzel allegedly revealed the second pack of cigarettes and the stolen key to the van.

Police learned that Wenzel was staying at his girlfriend’s home in the area and during a consent search of the residence, officers found almost all the property that had been stolen.

In a post-Miranda statement, Wenzel said he had been drinking heavily that night so that everything was a blur, but he allegedly admitted to stealing the property and taking it to his girlfriend’s house.

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

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