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Accused Cabela's burglar allegedly struck Woodbury office building, too

The same man accused of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of tools from a Woodbury construction site is now charged with burglarizing a different Woodbury business where $35,000 worth of tools went missing last year.

Daniel George Weckman, 25, was charged Feb. 26 with one count of third-degree burglary, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint, the St. Paul man was working with three other people – including two others who have already been sentenced for other Woodbury-related crimes – who gained access to the CenturyLink building on Commerce Drive in August 2013.

The crew allegedly loaded tools from the building into a CenturyLink truck, which they stole and drove to an Oakdale residence. A witness reported seeing people loading items from a CenturyLink truck into another vehicle at 3:30 a.m.

The CenturyLink truck was later recovered in Oakdale, where a rubber glove was found inside. Police sent the glove to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, where lab tests matched DNA found on the glove with a sample from Weckman.

On Jan. 17, Washington County prosecutors charged Weckman with three counts of felony burglary stemming from a break-in at the Cabela’s construction site on Hudson road. He is accused of breaking into construction trailers there on Nov. 12, 2013, and stealing $31,827 worth of tools and electronics.

According to the complaint, Weckman admitted to the CenturyLink burglary after being arrested and interviewed by police in connection to the Cabela’s incident. In both cases, Weckman allegedly sold the stolen tools through eBay. Stolen CenturyLink tools were also located at pawn shops, according to the complaint.

Weckman told police that he and his friend were contacted by Jason Gene Lindman – a 30-year-old now serving time on an unrelated conviction – about giving him a ride to CenturyLink office in Woodbury.

According to the story Weckman told police, Lindman gained extensive knowledge about the CenturyLink office when his girlfriend, Kristi Hambleton – who was sentenced recently for her role in a theft ring that hit Target stores – worked a cleaning job there. Lindman would visit her while she worked and at least once took money from a cash box there.

That led to Hambleton getting fired, the complaint states, though Lindman allegedly wanted to put his knowledge of the office to use.

Weckman told officers he and another man took Lindman to CenturyLink, where he allegedly went in and came out with a cash box.

Unsatisfied with the amount of cash, Lindman allegedly told Weckman he “wanted to get the tools.”

They returned to the building, where Lindman allegedly gathered up tools, then had Weckman help him load them into the work truck.

The two men allegedly off-loaded the stolen tools from the stolen truck into a truck driven by the third man.

The CenturyLink truck was left on the street, where it was discovered the next day.

Weckman made his initial court appearance on the CenturyLink allegations on Wednesday, March 19. His initial appearance on the Cabela’s charges is set for April 2.

Lindman, who was also charged in the CenturyLink burglary, will be sentenced for a theft conviction related to the Target thefts on April 2. Prosecutors will be seeking a nearly two-year prison sentence.

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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