Man charged in three separate incidentsA Newport man was charged July 2 for allegedly burglarizing a home, breaking into a business and stealing from a construction site.
By: Patricia Drey Busse, Woodbury Bulletin
A Newport man was charged July 2 for allegedly burglarizing a home, breaking into a business and stealing from a construction site.
John Matthew O’Rourke, 40, faces charges for three separate incidents that occurred from August to November of last year.
According to one court complaint, O’Rourke admitted to police that he broke into Team Technology in Woodbury in August of 2007 and stole laptop computers and a printer. The police report says that someone threw a trailer hitch through the front glass door of the store located at 8484 Tamarack Road, and then stole three laptop computers and a printer valued at $5,188, according to the court complaint. Video surveillance provided images of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle in the burglary. Investigators tracked down the vehicle at an area hotel, and from there they found O’Rourke, according to the complaint.
For that incident, O’Rourke is charged with third-degree burglary, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and $10,000, and first-degree criminal property damage, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and $10,000.
A second complaint alleges O’Rourke was caught in possession of $3,278 worth power tools that were stolen from a construction site in Roseville. According to the complaint, a Stillwater officer pulled O’Rourke over due to his car’s extremely loud exhaust system in October of 2007. The officer could not verify that O’Rourke owned the car, so he had it towed. The officer did an inventory search of the vehicle, and saw a large number of construction-quality power tools monogrammed with the initials KCS or GSM, according to the court complaint. A Stillwater Police investigator determined the tools matched lists of tools reported stolen from Knutson Construction Services and General Sheet Metal Company, according to the court complaint.
For that incident, O’Rourke is charged with receiving stolen property, which has a maximum sentence of five years and $10,000.
According to a third complaint, O’Rourke’s blood was found at the scene of a Woodbury home burglary in November of 2007. A resident at a home in the 1200 block of St. John’s Drive in Woodbury reported that her home had been broken into and that items from the basement and upstairs bedroom had been stolen, according to the complaint. A west-facing basement window had been broken out and items stolen included a DVD player, CD player, stereo, X-Box, DVDs and jewelry. An officer noticed blood spots in the bedroom where the jewelry was taken from, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension analyzed it and found it matched O’Rourke’s, according to the complaint.
For that incident, O’Rourke is charged with second-degree burglary, which has a maximum sentence of 10 years and $20,000.