Man given probation on two felony theft convictions

A man who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to felony charges in two separate incidents has been placed on probation for three years.

William Andrew Homan, 33, Coon Rapids, entered guilty pleas Jan. 30 to two counts of possession of burglary or theft tools, one in connection with a gas siphoning arrest at Ace Hardware on Foley Boulevard in Coon Rapids in October 2013 and the other for an incident in Coon Rapids in November 2013 for which a felony second-degree burglary charge was dismissed at sentencing March 27.

He won’t serve any more jail time, but probation conditions include a no contact order, random urinalysis and breath testing, no alcohol or controlled substance use and an indeterminate amount of community service work.

Homan’s co-defendant in the November case, Wade Lance Fuchs, 42, Anoka, is scheduled to go on trial May 12 on second-degree burglary and possession of theft or burglary tools charges.

The morning of Nov. 21, 2013, a Coon Rapids Police officer assigned to the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force was driving past a house on the 2200 block of Main Street when he saw two males approaching it. He knew the house was vacant and foreclosed, had recently been purchased by the city of Coon Rapids and there had recently been a copper theft.

The officer contacted the Coon Rapids detective who was investigating the copper theft, then with fellow drug force officers approached the house from the rear and spotted two suspects come out of the basement utility door, one of whom was later identified as Fuchs and the other Homan, according to the complaint.

The men were told to stop and Homan complied, dropping a cloth sack he was carrying, inside which officers found a cutter, pry bar, wire cutters, a sheathed knife and small flashlight. He was also wearing a flashlight round his neck.

Fuchs allegedly took off running across Main Street after dropping a backpack, but was eventually apprehended in a swampy area on the other side of the road.

At the house, police found a pane of glass had been broken out of the basement door, but nothing was disturbed or missing.

In his post-Miranda statement, Homan denied he and Fuchs had entered the house and that he was only “looking for firewood,” but he did admit that they had parked several blocks away and approached the house on foot.

Fuchs, in his post-Miranda statement, allegedly admitted entering the house without permission to look for anything left behind and steal it, and that the tools in the backpack that he had dropped were his.

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