With one lead, Maplewood police still trying to identify burglary suspect

The Maplewood Police Department is still trying to identify a burglary suspect shown in surveillance footage prying a safe off a countertop at a senior-living facility in early November.

Police released videos of the incident recently, asking for the public's help in identifying a man who stole a safe full of keys for room doors and storage cabinets at The Homestead at Maplewood, 1890 Sherren Ave., around 2 a.m. Nov. 7.

Upon seeing the released footage, police received a notice from the Edina Police Department that a safe was recovered that might have been the one taken from Homestead, according to Maplewood Deputy Chief Dave Kvam.

According to Kvam, the Edina safe seems to be larger than the stolen one, but investigators are still determining whether or not it's the safe from Maplewood.

Police have not received any other tips related to the theft, Kvam said. The suspect remains unidentified, as of Dec. 4.

Kvam said that no other incidents have occurred that seem to be connected to the burglary at the senior facility.

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.

According to Homestead staff, the man gained entrance by telling a resident he was there to visit his sick mother.

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, he turned off the lights.

Kvam said the fact that the suspect headed straight for the location of the safe indicates he was somewhat familiar with the facility. Homestead staff did not recognize him from the footage.

Homestead quickly secured the facility, and reminded staff, residents and families of security measures. Residence director Linda Johnson said the staff cabinets and all of the locks were re-keyed for the 66 residents in the affected unit.

There was one call about a "suspicious person" on the campus of a senior housing facility on Hazelwood Street a few days after the theft, Kvam said, but the description didn't match the burglary suspect.

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

- Kaitlyn Roby and Holly Wenzel

Videos courtesy of the Maplewood PD

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