2021 Crime Trends Are Off To A ‘Concerning Start,’ Police Tell St. Paul City Council

By Mara H. Gottfried | mgottfried@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
Published: 2/10/2021 at 10:39 p.m. | Updated: 2/10/2021 at 10:44 p.m.

After a man tried to break into six houses last week, on the seventh attempt he got into a St. Paul home where two people in their 70s were sleeping.

A neighbor witnessed the man cutting a screen and called police, who set up a perimeter and arrested a 38-year-old man as he ran from the Highland Park house.

Amid concern about crime in St. Paul, Assistant Chief Robert Thomasser told the City Council on Wednesday that the case was an example of what police are seeing with repeat offenders.

The man charged in the burglary was already going through the court process for two other cases he was previously charged with in Ramsey County and he has seven prior felony convictions. He remained jailed on Wednesday.

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