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Prison time ordered for suspect in Woodbury burglary

A Woodbury burglary suspect caught by police after his vehicle ran out of gas was sentenced this month in Washington County District Court.

Carl Junior Jordan, 24, was given a four-year prison sentence following a guilty plea to second-degree burglary. Jordan, of St. Paul, was given credit for 205 days already served in jail.

Woodbury police were first alerted to suspicious activity just after midnight Oct. 17, 2011, when a Kalen Drive resident reported a male carrying a backpack had come to his house. The male was spotted leaving the area in a white Chevrolet.

Less than 10 minutes later, Woodbury officers learned Newport police had stopped to assist a stranded motorist, later identified as Jordan, whose car had run out of gas. Jordan - whose appearance and vehicle matched the suspect information from the Woodbury report - was "very nervous and antsy" during the stop, according to a criminal complaint outlining the charges.

Jordan admitted to being on Kalen Drive earlier, and "could not provide a good reason for being in that area," the complaint states. Officers also learned there was a warrant out for Jordan's arrest.

Newport police said a search of the car turned up "a large amount of jewelry" in the back seat, as well as dozens of cell-phone car chargers in the trunk. Jordan told the officers the jewelry belonged to his girlfriend.

During the stop, 911 dispatchers received a report that a Woodbury home had been burglarized about 30 to 40 minutes prior on Orchard Ridge Trail - a street that intersects Kalen Drive.

The Orchard Ridge Trail burglary victims went to Newport to identify jewelry found in the back of Jordan's vehicle. The victims identified more than 130 pieces of stolen jewelry, valued at $8,172.

An inspection of the burglarized house allegedly revealed damage and evidence linking it to a screwdriver and gloves found in Jordan's vehicle.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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