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Police investigate burglary, Wilson Library bomb threat

A 34-year-old St. Paul man was arrested Jan. 26 for burglarizing the apartment of two University students.

Farris Ivan Turner allegedly broke into an apartment on University Avenue Southeast at approximately 1 a.m. and stole stereo equipment, according to the police report.

“The woman upstairs heard the man throw the concrete block through our window,” said tenant Casey Rivard, a mathematics senior.

The neighbor called Minneapolis police, who apprehended Turner a few blocks away. He was walking down the street carrying the stereo equipment, Rivard said.

Rivard returned home to find the police at her apartment. She told them neither she nor her roommate knew the man or gave him permission to enter their apartment, she said.

“The security light attached to the building that illuminates our window was broken,” Rivard said.

The broken light allowed Turner to approach the building without being seen, she said.

Minneapolis police released Turner because it was his first offense, Rivard said.

Police recovered all of the women’s stereo equipment. Rivard’s window is still broken.

“It’s really unnerving to know our stuff is there unprotected,” she said.

In other police news:

An unknown suspect called Minneapolis police dispatch at approximately 10:40 p.m. Saturday and said there was a bomb at Wilson Library, according to the police report.

Minneapolis police contacted University police. All patrons were evacuated, said University police Sgt. Brad Herberg.

The St. Paul Police Department explosive detection canine searched the building but found no explosives, Herberg said.

Police haven’t uncovered any suspect information, he said.

The case is inactive pending new information.

An unknown suspect stole four bags of research-study medication from the asthma and allergy clinic in the Mayo Building last week.

An allergy clinic employee discovered the medication was missing Thursday. The medication disappeared between 4 p.m. Jan. 30 and 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the police report.

The bags contained both placebo pills and the drug theophylline, said Malcolm Blumenthal, professor of medicine.

The drugs were to be used in a study to test if low doses of theophylline are an effective treatment for asthma patients, he said.

Blumenthal said he was not aware of any potential for recreational use of the drugs.

He said the study will not be delayed, as the clinic has ordered drugs to replace those lost.

There was no sign of forced entry. The clinic has never had a theft before, he said.

“Usually we keep things pretty well locked up, but I don’t know what happened,” Blumenthal said.


An unknown suspect robbed a 20-year-old Minneapolis woman in the 600 block of 25th Avenue Southeast on Jan. 26 at approximately 11:20 p.m.

The suspect took the victim’s purse by force but did not use a weapon, according to the police report. The robber escaped with the woman’s purse and cell phone.


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