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Woodbury burglary suspect sentenced

A Woodbury teenager accused of going on a neighborhood burglary spree earlier this year must serve four months in jail, a Washington County judge decided.

Jonathon James Hanson, 19, was convicted and sentenced late last month on two felony burglary charges and one count of receiving stolen property.

In addition to the 120-day jail sentence, Hanson must pay restitution to his victims and pay a $50 fine.

Hanson was first charged in January after a neighbor of his in the 2400 block of Wimbledon Bay reported that numerous items had been stolen from her vehicle.

As police began to investigate the scene, they received a property damage report from a neighboring residence, where a homeowner reported two incense holders had been stolen. Another neighbor in the block reported a case of beer had been stolen from her garage.

Police followed footprints in the snow, which led to vehicles and garages on 14 different properties in the area. Police said there also were outlines in the snow that appeared to have been made by a box at several of the residences near the footprints.

The footprints led to Hanson's residence - located in the 2500 block of Wimbledon Bay. His mother answered the door and told police that her son had come home late the previous night carrying a box of items she suspected were stolen.

In addition to finding shoes inside the residence with soles that matched the prints found in the snow, police found Hanson, who denied involvement in the thefts. Hanson's mother showed police into her son's room, where several items that had been reported stolen were seen laying around.

Police later executed a search warrant for the room, and recovered numerous items that matched property reported stolen.

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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