Police say keep an eye out for suspect in New Brighton burglary

This map shows where one of the more recent burglaries took place, on the 800 block of Forest Dale Road. Police are searching for the suspect. (courtesy of Google Maps)

Police responded to a home on the 800 block of Forest Dale Road June 1 on the report of a residential burglary. 

When officers from the New Brighton Department of Public Safety arrived, they found that the home had been forcibly entered. 

According to the homeowners, the burglary happened between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., while they were out for the day. 

During the course of the investigation, officers located numerous items which had been removed from the house, but then abandoned, indicating that the suspects had been “scared off,” police said. 

In a statement, New Brighton police asked residents in the area of the burglary, or those traveling through, to contact police if they saw anything out of the ordinary in that area during the day June 1.

“We are also asking anyone in the immediate area with any surveillance cameras to review your surveillance footage to identify any potential suspects,” police said in a statement.

According to the NBDPS, most daytime residential burglaries are preceded by the suspect or suspects knocking on doors to first see if anyone is home. “If anyone whom you do not know knocks on your door and asks an abnormal question we are asking you to immediately call 911,” police said.


Burglaries in the area

 New Brighton was not the only Bulletin area city dealing with recent burglaries.

According to police reports, Shoreview had a few at the end of May. 

The manager of an apartment building on the 3400 block of Kent Street called police around 11:40 p.m. May 25 after finding a wide-open apartment door of a tenant who he knew to be on vacation. 

Police arrived and went inside, but had a difficult time knowing what might have been stolen. When the victim returned home from vacation, she reported about $500 worth of jewelry stolen. 

In another incident, a 72-year-old woman called police after her 33-year-old daughter broke into her home on the 5900 block of Prairie Ridge by smashing a window May 29. According to the homeowner, her daughter did it to steal a bottle of alcohol. And how did she know it was her daughter? Her daughter left a note saying she did it. 

According to reports, St. Anthony experience at least four burglaries between May 16 and May 22. 

In one incident, two men, ages 44 and 61, called police from their home on the 2800 block of St. Anthony Boulevard after discovering their home had been burglarized overnight May 16. 

The roommates totaled their losses and found that $20 in cash, a checkbook, and multiple credit cards had been stolen. 

Police said they did later arrest a 26-year-old man suspected of the crime. He was transported to the Hennepin County Jail and charged with second-degree burglary and financial transaction card fraud. 

Another duo contacted law enforcement May 22. This time two women, ages 28 and 33, called police after their home on the 3600 block of Roosevelt Street was forcibly entered. 

The women told police that a car in their attached garage was entered and approximately $15 in cash was missing from it, but the damage to the door of their house would cost more than $100 to repair.


Higher profile case

A 49-year-old man called police on May 22, reporting that a burglar had entered his home on the 3000 block of Silver Lake Road in St. Anthony while he and his family were sleeping in the early morning. 

Police responded and, after investigating, found that the suspect had entered through an open window by removing the screen. 

Nothing was thought to be missing, the homeowners said. 

Their neighbor, a 43-year-old man, reported an attempted break-in around the same time. Fortunately, he told police that he had multiple security cameras around the outside of his home and that they caught the suspect on video.

According to police, the suspect turned out to be a 28-year-old Minneapolis man named Jarid Troy Alan Jovanovich, who was arrested a few days later, May 25, for burglarizing homes in both Columbia Heights and St. Anthony, and for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl during one of the burglary incidents.


Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815. Follow him on Twitter @JPooleNews.

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