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Burglary charges adding up for Woodbury teen

A Woodbury man added to his list of burglary allegations when he allegedly broke into an Applewood Road home and stole prescription pills.

Paul Thomas Harrington, 18, is due in court this month on a second-degree burglary charge. The allegation is the latest for Harrington, who was arrested in December 2011 after numerous reports of break-ins around his home.

Harrington was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary connected to those incidents. Among the evidence collected in those crimes was a video retrieved on Harrington's cellphone that investigators said was shot inside a Woodbury home during a burglary.

The latest allegations stemmed from a May 26 break-in, when police were called at 1:43 a.m. to an Applewood Road home.

According to a criminal complaint:

An 89-year-old resident reported that more than 130 hydrocodone pills, along with a bottle of valium, were missing from her home.

She told police she had been gone from late morning until mid-afternoon. The woman told police she didn't notice the pills missing until she went to her nightstand to retrieve them.

Police searched the home and found a basement door hanging wide open. A window screen was laying nearby and a window appeared to be off its track. Police found pry marks on the window frame.

The next day, police spoke with a neighbor who reported seeing Harrington walk past the woman's home and then into some nearby woods.

Police interviewed Harrington, who admitted to entering the home and taking the pills. He told police he didn't think the pills were in the woman's bedroom, but added that he had no recollection since he had been under the influence of drugs at the time.

Harrington also admitted to prying open a window to enter the home.

The burglary charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and a $20,000 fine.

Harrington, who was released from Washington County jail on $60,000 bail, is due in court Aug. 30.

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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