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Forgotten cellphone leads to conviction, prison time

A man who left his cellphone behind at the scene of a Woodbury burglary was sentenced to prison time.

Andre T. Holt, 26, was sentenced to 49 months - two-thirds of which must be served in prison, according to Minnesota law. The West St. Paul man was convicted and sentenced Sept. 13 on a first-degree burglary charge.

The charges stemmed from a July 13, 2011, incident where police were called to a house in the 8000 block of Galway Road in Woodbury for a burglary report.

A complaint warrant issued in November says a man there reported someone had entered his attached garage the previous night and rummaged through vehicle. Missing belongings included GPS units, a power inverter and a weed whip.

More than a week later, the man called police back to the house to turn over a cell phone his neighbor discovered while mowing his lawn. Police said a check of the phone revealed it belonged to Holt.

Officers also checked an automated pawn system to investigate the missing items. The check turned up items including a GPS unit, a power inverter and a weed whip had been pawned July 13, according to the complaint. The phone number used by the person who pawned the goods matched up with Holt's cell phone, the complaint states.

- Mike Longaecker

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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