Chauffeur burglar facing new felony criminal charges

County files more charges relating to burglaries in Scandia, FL

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

The man described by police as the chauffeur burglar has been hit with additional felony criminal charges in Washington County District Court.

Four new felony charges were filed on Thursday, July 26 against Thomas Patrick Streets, 65, of Chippewa Falls, WI.

He is the man police believe is responsible for a series of spring burglaries in Forest Lake and Scandia that involve burglary, attempted burglary and possession of a dangerous weapon.

During the spring crime spree, police learned that a man described as a chauffeur would go to a door of a home and knock or ring the door bell. After learning of the attempted crimes and getting reports of burglaries at homes, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office issued a code red alert to warn residents in the area.

Streets was arrested in the wake of the code red warning.

Forest Lake Police Capt. Greg Weiss said Streets was previously charged with two felony crimes connected to incidents in Scandia and Forest Lake.

In the most recent round, Streets was charged with first-degree attempted burglary and felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in connection to a Forest Lake incident.

Three other charges relate to crimes committed in Scandia.

Two of the three Scandia charges involve felony burglary in the first-degree and possession of a dangerous weapon. In the third case, a felony charge of burglary in the second degree was filed.

Weiss said police believe the suspect was armed with a handgun which was used in the commission of the crimes or attempted crimes.

In the Forest Lake crime, the attempted burglary took place at an occupied home, the captain said.

Streets remains in the Washington County Jail in Stillwater. Bail was set at $25,000. He has additional court dates pending on the six felony charges.

Crime Prevention

Weiss also issued a reminder this week to Forest Lake residents to not leave doors unlocked and garage doors open. “Such actions can result in crimes of opportunity,” Weiss said.

On Tuesday morning, officers working the night shift logged 12 crime prevention reports involving residences where garage doors were left open overnight. Police left notes for the home owners informing them of their find and reminding them to close garage doors and secure property at night.

Police routinely make such patrol. Weiss also reminded city residents to remove all valuables from vehicles that are outside at night and to lock doors and close windows.

Business Crimes

Two Forest Lake businesses were also the target of vandalism and a burglary this week.

At 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, city officers responded to a burglar alarm at PT Nails, 855 W. Broadway Ave.

At the scene, officers found signs of forced entry, but nothing was reported stolen.

At 11 a.m. on Friday, July 27, police were called at ABK Auto, 1507 S. Lake St. for a report of vandalism to the automobile dealership.

Police found windows to two vehicles had been broken and both vehicles had dents in their sides.