Criminal Complaint: Maplewood Burglars Pocket-Dial 911

Updated: 04/08/2014 4:33 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 3:58 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

A pocket-dial to 911 resulted in charges against two men in a Ramsey County burglary case.

Todd Weiss, 32, of Minnetonka and 38-year-old Justin Evans of Savage were both charged with one count of burglary in the third degree.

According to the criminal complaint, Maplewood officers responded to a 911 hang up phone call April 1. The call came from Larsen's Auto/Meineke Care at 1990 County Road D in Maplewood. 

On the call the operator reported hearing, "If it goes off they are right across the street," according to the complaint.

Responding officers saw two men, wearing dark clothing, leaving the building. One was carrying a television and the other had a box, according to the complaint.

When officers were within 15 feet of the suspects, they dropped the objects and left the area.

With the help of police K-9s, the suspects were taken into custody in a parking lot of a nearby apartment building.

Weiss was taken to Regions Hospital for injuries to his left arm while Evans was taken to Regions Hospital for evaluation.

Evans had some injuries to his back and left forearm and said he had taken 15 Xanax pills, according to the complaint. He appeared to be under the influence of a substance and repeatedly said he didn't do anything, according to officers.

The business owner reported items were stolen, including the items the suspects dropped in the parking lot.

Both men have substantial criminal histories including numerous convictions for burglary, according to court documents.

Photo: KSTP file

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