Maplewood police hopes public can identify burglary suspect

The Maplewood Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a burglary suspect shown in a video prying a safe off a counter top at a senior-living facility in early November.

The male suspect stole a safe that contained various keys for room doors and storage cabinets at The Homestead at Maplewood, 1890 Sherren Ave., around 2 a.m. on Nov. 7.

The suspect somewhat hid his face from the camera as he walked down the hall toward the room with the safe. After initially trying to yank the safe from the counter, the suspect turned off the lights.

Police description of the suspect:

  • Age: 25-35.
  • White male, medium-build.
  • Wearing a dark-colored hat, and dark-colored jacket with a light-colored line in the middle and perhaps light blue below the line.
  • Face somewhat visible in video.

Deputy Police Chief Dave Kvam said the fact the suspect headed straight for the location of the safe indicates he was somewhat familiar with the facility.

However, police have already shown staff still images from the video, and no one recognized him.

There was one call about a “suspicious person” on the Hazelwood campus a few days after the theft, Kvam said, but the description didn’t match the burglary suspect.

Homestead took immediate steps to secure the facility. Residence Director Linda Johnson said all of the locks have been re-keyed for the 66 residents in the affected unit, as well as the cabinets staffers use.

Johnson said the thief gained access to the building by telling a resident his mother lived there, was sick and he was there to visit her.

Residents and their families have been alerted to the theft and reminded not to let anyone in on their own, Johnson said. Staff has also been refreshed on security measures.

At this point, Johnson’s main concern: finding the thief.

“I just wish someone would recognize him.”

The police department released surveillance videos, hoping a member of the public knows him.

“The man took advantage of a resident’s courtesy, and we’d like to bring him to justice,” Kvam said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maplewood police during office hours at 651-249-2600, or during other times to contact the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center at 651-767-0640.

— Kaitliyn Roby and Holly Wenzel


Videos courtesy of the Maplewood PD

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