'Prolific' burglar who robbed people's homes while they were at the theater is sentenced to 11 years

He was accused of nearly 40 home burglaries.

A man with an elaborate plot to burglarize the homes of people who were at the theater has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

David William Pollard, 47, was accused of nearly 40 home burglaries in the Twin Cities between April 2012 and March 2015, stealing priceless heirlooms like a 100-year-old violin, and guns that were then sold and used in crimes in Minneapolis, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Pollard was sentenced Friday in connection to two burglaries in 2014 and 2015, but the nine other charges against him were dropped as part of a plea deal. He's also been ordered to pay more than $30,000 in restitution to his victims, with the county attorney's office noting that amount could go up.

“It took a certain amount of intelligence, a certain amount of intentionality to make sure they were not home,” Judge Tanya Bransford said in a news release. “It is hoped that you can use that intelligence and cunning to do something positive instead of wreaking havoc in the community.”

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office called Pollard "prolific," noting his tactic to burglarize homes pretty much guaranteed his victims wouldn't be home. He'd go to the Guthrie Theater or Chanhassen Dinner Theater and write down the license plate numbers of the vehicles in the parking lot. Then, using public data internet service, he'd get their addresses and go and steal from them.

Pollard's sentences for the two burglaries will be served consecutively, but he's also serving a federal prison sentence.

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