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Charges: Man admits to burglarizing Rep. Dean Phillips' Minnetonka campaign office

He's accused of stealing a TV and a computer in late August.

A man suspected of stealing a TV and computer from U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips' Minnetonka office has been charged. 

Justin Evans, 44, of Rogers, is charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, in connection to the Aug. 29 incident. 

According to the criminal complaint, Minnetonka police officers responded to 3333 County Road 101 in Minnetonka on a report of a burglary at 7:14 a.m. on Aug. 30. 

The person who owns the neighboring business saw the glass door of Phillips' campaign headquarters had been shattered and reported the incident, charges state. Police determined the suspect took a 55-inch Vizio TV and Apple iMac from inside. 

Police obtained surveillance video from a nearby business, which shows the entrance to Phillips' office. The video shows a Dodge Charger drive through the parking lot at 10:29 p.m. on Aug. 29 and then at 10:34 p.m., the vehicle parked in front of the office, the complaint says. 

Video shows a white man get out of the driver's seat, walk up to the door and try to pry it open, causing the glass to break, charges state. The man then goes inside and the video shows him exiting the building and loading what appears to be a TV into the vehicle before leaving.

Officers used the numbers visible on the license plate to track down the owner of the Dodge Charger – a rental company that had rented the vehicle at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Aug. 29 at 7:53 p.m. under Evans' wife's name, the complaint says. It was returned on Aug. 30. 

An officer shared these findings with another officer, who knows Evans. That officer reviewed security footage from the burglary and confirmed the man in the video was him, charges say.

Video from the airport also shows Evans and his wife at the airport picking up the vehicle, the complaint notes.

Evans admitted to the police that he burglarized the office, charges say. No motives were listed in the criminal complaint.

If convicted of third-degree burglary, Evans could face five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. 

Phillips represents Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, which includes much of the western Twin Cities suburbs. He's seeking re-election this year, running against Republican and fellow businessman Kendall Qualls. 

The day after the burglary, Phillips tweeted about the incident, addressing the incident, as well as others involving the thefts of his campaign signs.

BMTN has reached out to Phillips' campaign for comment on these charges.

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