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Woodbury house guest sentenced in theft case

A 21-year-old house guest who authorities said took advantage of a Woodbury family's hospitality by stealing valuables was sentenced to jail time.

Oakdale resident Chad Giguere was sentenced Dec. 29 to 34 days in jail and five years on probation for a felony theft conviction.

Washington County prosecutors alleged Giguere had spent the night at a Woodbury house where jewelry, an iPod, movies and video games were later found missing. He pleaded guilty to the theft charge in October.

According to a criminal complaint, Giguere came met up with a young man at a fitness club who was home for the summer before returning to college. The man, identified as J.E.M., told police that Giguere told him that he was "down on his luck" and had been kicked out of his parents' home.

J.E.M. allowed Giguere to stay at his parents' home on Edinburgh Lane for the night, where they played video games until early in the morning, while Giguere allegedly boasted about having been in jail and doing drugs. The homeowners were away on vacation.

Giguere stayed up after J.E.M. fell asleep, giving him free reign of the house.

J.E.M. told police Giguere had used the shower in his parents' bedroom the next day. J.E.M. left later in the day, but subsequently found out from his brother that Giguere had returned to the house and went up to the parents' bedroom, claiming he had left an earring there.

The missing jewelry - two rings valued at $5,000 - had been located in that bedroom, police said.

The homeowners reported the theft after returning home on Sept. 2. Police checked area pawn shop records, where all the items eventually turned up under Giguere's customer history.

Giguere's probationary terms include cooperating with a restitution investigation and having no contact with the victims.

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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