Police in Plymouth arrested a Minneapolis man last week in the middle of a burglary attempt, and they believe he may be responsible for committing 60-plus burglaries throughout the Twin Cities area over the last five weeks or so, according to a statement released Monday by the Eden Prairie Police Department.
The 60-year-old man is the lead suspect in a string of burglaries that took place beginning in late October at businesses located in strip malls in five counties and 13 cities in the metro, according to the news release.
Police from 16 jurisdictions had been working together on the investigation. After several overnight burglaries took place in Eden Prairie on Dec. 1, police keyed in on the suspect and kept him under surveillance until he broke into a Fantastic Sam's in Plymouth on Dec. 4, and was arrested.
“The primary target of the burglaries appears to be cash,” said Eden Prairie Police Sgt. Dave Becker, adding that more than $10,000 in cash along with televisions and computers, was stolen from the various businesses.
Police say the suspect gained entry to the businesses by prying open doors.
The suspect is being held at the Hennepin County Jail on a parole violation. According to the Star Tribune, he has a criminal record that includes multiple convictions for burglary, check forgery and theft.
He is expected to be formally charged in Hennepin County within the next week.