Alleged burglar arrested in North St. Paul

On the morning of Sept. 8, North St. Paul police assisted the Roseville Police Department and the East Metro SWAT team in serving an arrest warrant for an alleged felony-level burglar staying in North St. Paul. 

Police arrested a 42-year-old white male, suspected of a Roseville burglary. Roseville police declined to release information about the burglary because it’s a part of an active investigation.

According to North St. Paul police Captain Dustin Nikituk, it was Roseville police who learned the man was staying at a residence in the 2400 block of 12th Avenue. Nikituk noted the man does not own the property. 

Nikituk said after the residence was determined, an arrest warrant was issued, and although the North St. Paul Police Department executed the warrant, the East Metro SWAT team was also used because of the man’s past criminal history. 

Roseville’s Lt. Lorne Rosand confirmed the man’s history involves violence and weapons – court records list a felony conviction in 2000 for possession of tear gas and a stun gun. His criminal history with dates ranging from 1997 to 2015 also includes theft, possession of theft tools, giving police a false name, disorderly conduct and possession of drugs.

Because the man was staying so close to North High School and Richardson Elementary School, police tried to plan the warrant for non-school times, according to Nikituk; at 6:50 a.m., police moved in to make the arrest.

“When the SWAT team arrived, he fled the scene on foot,” Nikituk said. 

The man lead police on a brief foot chase through neighborhoods, according to a North St. Paul police release. Nikituk said North St. Paul officers eventually arrested the man on 16th Avenue.

“In an ideal situation we would have liked to apprehend him immediately; however, due to the circumstances when he fled the scene, it kind of [prolonged] the arrest process,” Nikituk said, adding, “Usually the warrant is executed and within minutes the subject is arrested.”

“[The man] was booked by Roseville police for probable cause felony burglary, and he’s being held at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center pending further investigation,” Rosand said. The man has yet to be charged.

“It is my understanding too that there’s a number of agencies that are currently interviewing him in reference to other crimes he may have committed in other communities in the metro,” Rosand added.

 

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