Police have announced a suspect in a rash of burglaries in Interlachen and the Presidential neighborhood.
Minneapolis police on Friday arrested 19-year-old Quinndarius Marquinn Jackson on an unrelated charge of financial transaction card fraud.
Edina Police Sgt. Brian Tholen said officers from that department spoke with Jackson—who had been their suspect all along—and were able to get him to admit to being involved in Edina burglaries.
Hopkins Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg said Jackson is also a suspect in some recent Hopkins burglaries. Police interviewed him but Jackson declined to talk to Hopkins police, Glassberg said.
Jackson was released Monday on $1,000 bail.
Thieves have entered several garages and homes through unlocked doors and windows and stolen electronic items from vehicles and homes in Interlachen and the South Presidential Neighborhood—prompting the .
Officers executed search warrants as part of the investigation and sent DNA evidence and fingerprints in for laboratory testing, Glassberg said. Hopkins plans to wait on lab results before bringing any charges forward against Jackson.
But Glassberg cautioned that investigators aren’t assuming Jackson is a suspect in all the burglaries.
“We’re keeping an open mind,” Glassberg said.
Meanwhile, Edina Police believe Jackson is responsible for 15 burglaries and 10 thefts from autos dating back to June 10, although he has not been directly linked to all of those crimes.
All of the incidents were crimes of opportunity, with 73 percent reportedly involving unlocked doors or windows to cars, garages and residences. They happened largely between midnight and 4 a.m.
Tholen said it was quite a challenge tracking Jackson down, as he doesn't have a permanent residence. Five detectives in Edina were all focused on the case, in addition to collaborating with Hopkins Police and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.
"He stays with friends throughout the metro, without any sort of permanent residence," Tholen said. "Because of that, it felt like we were always a day behind him."
Another suspect was arrested Aug. 9 in possession of property taken during the burglaries. Tholen said it does not appear as though that man was directly involved in the crimes, but rather was simply holding stolen property for Jackson.
While they can't yet link Jackson directly to a number of the crimes until evidence is processed by the Hennepin County Crime Lab, Tholen said it felt good to finally catch the suspect they'd spent weeks tracking down.
"Since we've been looking for him for the last two weeks, the burglaries have stopped," Tholen said. "The first piece was to get this arrest, now we are working to link him directly to some of the burglaries using forensic evidence."
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