Hopkins man charged after attempted burglary in New Brighton

In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 30, police arrested a man who allegedly attempted to force entry into a home in New Brighton.

34-year-old Christopher Charles Patterson of Hopkins allegedly rang the doorbell of a home on the 600 block of Riviera Drive four times around 3:30 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, the homeowner--who did not answer the door--called police and went to the basement to retrieve his firearm after he saw a man park a white truck near a neighbor’s home, get out of the car and walk around to the resident’s backyard.

The suspect then attempted to pry open the rear patio door with a screwdriver.

The homeowner believes the suspect heard him talking on the phone with emergency dispatchers, the complaint states, because the attempted burglar ran to his vehicle and took off.

Officers responding to the call saw a truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle travelling eastbound on nearby County Road D, and pulled the motorist over.

Police identified Patterson as the driver and brought the homeowner to the scene of the arrest. The homeowner said the truck was the same one that had been parked outside his neighbor’s house. Additionally, police noticed a screwdriver, pliers and a hammer inside the truck, and were able to match the pattern of the tread on the boots Patterson was wearing to the prints found at the scene of the crime.

The complaint states that Patterson told investigators he had stopped in “a random neighborhood, near a random house” to urinate. However, the complaint notes, the suspect changed his story several times during his account of the incident.

According to the New Brighton Department of Public Safety, the suspect had tried the fairly common burglar ploy of knocking on the door several times and, if the knock had been answered, to ask for a fictitious name, before moving on to try another address, hoping to find one thatís unoccupied. In this case the homeowner was home, he just didnít answer the door.

The New Brighton Department of Public Safety reminds residents that if someone at your door asks for someone who does not live with you, call 9ll.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has charged Patterson with attempted first-degree burglary, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison or $17,500 fine, or both. Patterson has more than ten prior burglary convictions in the metro area on his record.

He is currently being held at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center.

— Johanna Holub


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