A man was charged in Anoka County District Court June 14 in connection with a burglary at a Coon Rapids residence reported the morning of April 1.
Jonathan Nathan Scott, 32, no permanent address, was arraigned in court on a felony first-degree burglary count and is due back in court July 10. Bail was set at $15,000 with no conditions or $5,000 with conditions. A no contact order was issued.
Coon Rapids Police hope the arrest of Scott, which took place June 12, will end a series of overnight residential burglaries in the city the past two months even though he has only been charged with one, according to Det. Sgt. John Stahnke.
“There is a strong likelihood this burglary is connected to the others because of their similarities,” Stahnke said.
These include the residents being home asleep in their beds; entry through either an open overhead garage door or by accessing the garage door opener to open the garage from a vehicle in the driveway, either by breaking a window or by an unlocked door; getting into the house through the garage service door; and, for the most part, stealing money, he said.
However, in this incident on the 9600 block of Juniper Street NW, the homeowners awakened to find their car, a 2009 Honda Accord, missing from their garage, Stahnke said.
According to the complaint, the homeowners reported their cell phone which lets them know when a door is open or closed showed the door from the garage to the house opened and then closed at 10:39 p.m., but they were asleep and did not hear anything.
A wallet was taken from the home containing some $420 in cash, credit cards and a check for $100, so were the keys to the car which had been hanging on the inside wall next to the garage door, the complaint states.
Police found blood in several areas of the garage and driveway as well as inside the house and on house and mailbox keys lying on the ground, according to the complaint.
The Honda was recovered April 13 abandoned in Minneapolis and it had a large amount of blood on the steering wheel and driver’s door handle, while a handgun, which had been stolen from a vehicle April 1 about a half-mile from the residence was located about 50 feet away from the Honda, the complaint states.
The blood found at the Coon Rapids residence and inside the recovered car was tested for DNA by the Tri County Forensic Laboratory and matched Scott’s DNA, according to Stahnke.
Scott has an extensive criminal record, Stahnke said.
While he has not yet been charged, Scott is also believed linked to a theft from vehicle the same night at Kurt Manufacturing, 9445 East River Road, which is not far from the residence, he said.
The front passenger window of a truck had been broken out and a handgun had been taken from the center console cover. It was the same gun that was found near the Honda when it was recovered in Minneapolis, Stahnke alleged.