A man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to one of two felony charges in connection with a burglary and theft from vehicles incidents on a St. Francis street one night in early August 2013.
David Kevin Wenzel, 21, St. Paul, entered a guilty plea at a court hearing March 17 to a felony theft charge and will be sentenced May 7 when a first-degree burglary charge will be dismissed.
According to the complaint, shortly after 7 a.m. Aug. 9, 2013, St. Francis Police responded to reports of a series of thefts from vehicles and a burglary from residents on the 23300 block of Yucca Street NW.
At one home, a woman told police that two packs of Marlboro cigarettes as well as keys to her van had been stolen while she was asleep in bed that night. Although there was no sign of forced entry, the sliding glass door had been unlocked and the purse was near the door.
In addition, several unlocked vehicles on the street and in driveways has been entered and property stolen, with a total value of at least $1,250.
A short while later, police learned of a suspicious male hiding under a bush on Yucca Street near where the thefts and burglary had taken place and identified him as Wenzel, who in his pocket had a packet of Marlboro cigarettes, which matched those stolen from the house, while a screwdriver on the ground nearby matched one stolen from a vehicle.
A search of Wenzel also revealed a second pack of cigarettes and the stolen key to the woman’s van, the complaint states.
According to the complaint, Wenzel had been staying at his girlfriend’s home in the area and during a consent search of the residence, almost all the property reported stolen was recovered.
In a post-Miranda statement, Wenzel admitted stealing the property and taking it to his girlfriend’s house.