FloCo apts. see flurry of break-ins

Four different units were burglarized within a 30-minute span early Sunday morning allegedly by a University of Minnesota student.

by Jake Stark

Four units in the FloCo Fusion apartment building were burglarized early Sunday, according to a Minneapolis police report.

A  University of Minnesota student allegedly went on a burglary spree in FloCo around 12 a.m. Sunday, the report said. He lives on the 6th floor of building.

During the spree, he broke into four apartments throughout a 30-minute span, the report said.

He also punched one of the victims in the face and cut her lip open, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty.

When police arrived at the scene, the burglar resisted arrest by “swinging” at two of the officers, McCarty said. He hit both officers in their faces, but other officers assisted in arresting him.

Neither officer was seriously hurt by the punches, McCarty said.

The burglar did not take anything from the apartments, he said. But, the act of breaking into a private residence is enough for someone to be cited with burglary.

He was allegedly intoxicated during the incident, McCarty said.

“The alcohol was probably a pretty big contributing factor in this case,” he said. “These things don’t really happen that often.”


Two off-campus burglaries occur over the weekend

The homes of two neighbors were burglarized in Marcy-Holmes early Friday morning, according to a Minneapolis police report.

The victims, who are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota, live separately in a two-story duplex along 7th Avenue SE, McCarty said.

The burglar cut through the screen of the front porch and opened the screen door to gain access to the lower unit, the report said. Then, the burglar entered the second-story duplex between midnight and 6 a.m. Friday through an unlocked front door.

The burglar took electronics from both victims, McCarty said. They discovered the break-in several hours later.

“There’s absolutely a reason to believe these burglaries are connected,” he said.

They could have prevented the burglary by locking their front door, he said.

 “You’ve got to lock those doors up,” he said. “It’s warming up and people are starting to move around more.”