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Clipped from The Minnesota Sun
November 21, 2002

Fingerprints Lead Bloomington Police to Burglary Suspect    

By Harvey T. Rockwood

Fingerprints found on a basement window have led to the arrest of a Minneapolis man accused of burglarizing a Bloomington home.

The 38-year-old is expected to face felony charges stemming from an incident in July, when the home in the 8500 block of Aldrich Avenue South was burglarized.

The man was arrested last week after the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department crime lab unit matched prints taken from the window to those already on file for an earlier offense, said Sgt. Todd Lewis, spokesman for the Bloomington Police Department.

The window had been forced open to gain entry to the home, which was unoccupied at the time, according to police reports.

Cash and a 2000 Toyota Camry were stolen, according to police reports.

The car was later recovered by Minneapolis police, who spotted it a few days after the burglary and arrested the driver, a Rosemount man. That man told investigators he had "rented" the vehicle from someone he met in downtown Minneapolis, but he was unable to identify that person. Police do not believe he was involved in the burglary.

The Aldrich Avenue homeowner gave the suspectís name to police, recalling that she had once hired him as a handyman.

Police were looking for the man by late August, when the prints were matched. He was arrested Nov. 7 after a traffic stop.

In a statement to Bloomington Detective Steve Anda - who recovered the fingerprints - the man allegedly admitted burglarizing the house and stealing the car, Lewis said.

He told Anda that he left the car on a street in Minneapolis with the keys in the ignition. He said he hoped police would find it and return it to its owner.

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