CodeRed alert helps police nab burglary suspect in Scandia

Series of crimes in FL, Scandia prompt last Friday’s alert

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

An arrest of a Wisconsin man in connection with a series of daytime burglaries in Forest Lake and Scandia has followed a CodeRed alert issued last Friday.

At 1 p.m. on Monday, county deputies, acting on a tip from a Scandia resident who had received the alert, notified police of the location of a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle used in connection to the series of crime.

At a home on Olinda Trail N. deputies arrested a 66-year-old man from Chippewa Falls, WI, as he attempted to leave the home. The suspect car was in the driveway.

He is being held in the Washington County Jail in Stillwater pending formal felony charges of second-degree burglary. He could face multiple felony charges, police said.

The man is believed to be involved with six confirmed daytime burglaries — three each in Forest Lake and Scandia dating back to late March. He is also a suspect in a daytime residential burglary in Polk County, Wisconsin.

The CodeRed alert followed a residential burglary that was interrupted by a homeowner in Forest Lake and a series of subsequent burglaries at homes in Forest Lake and Scandia.

Forest Lake Police Capt. Greg Weiss said the CodeRed alert was sent to homes from 195th St. N. to 240th St. N., and east of Harrow Avenue to the St. Croix River.

The message states: “The Washington County Sheriff and the Forest Lake Police Department are requesting assistance to locate a residential burglary suspect. He is described as a white male approximately 60 years old with a gray hair.

“The suspect has been seen in a late 90’s to 2000’s black four-door Lincoln with Wisconsin plates. If you see a male matching this description and driving a vehicle matching this description in your neighborhood call 911. Most burglaries reported have been during the day.”

The warning was prompted in part by an incident in Forest Lake where a resident in the 9000 block of N. 207th St. discovered a burglary attempt in progress at 10:12 a.m., Thursday, March 29. After the resident confronted the male subject, he told police the suspect pulled a silver revolver from his waistband and pointed it at the homeowner and said “get back.” He fled in a vehicle.

Monday’s report from the public led police to the home in Scandia where a burglary was in progress, Weiss said. The man was arrested without incident and no gun was found, he said.