Minneapolis man convicted of burglary arrested, charged with several others

A Minneapolis man who was sentenced in December for multiple burglaries in 2020 has been arrested and charged with several other burglaries and thefts.

Efrain Amestica, 34, was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into a home in the 4700 block of 18th Avenue South early on the morning of July 22. He then allegedly cut a person inside who heard Amestica and tried to stop him.

In the past few months, he’s also been charged for the following burglaries:

  • Aug. 19 in the 100 block of Oakglen Drive in Hopkins
  • Aug. 19 in the 300 block of Jackson Avenue North in Hopkins
  • July 7 in the 11200 block of Lorry Lane West in Minnetonka
  • June 12 in the 4300 block of France Avenue South in Edina
  • Dec. 20, 2020, in the 4000 block of 11th Avenue South in Minneapolis

He also faces multiple charges of theft and fleeing police.

Last December, he was sentenced to one year at the Hennepin County Workhouse for two burglary calls on Dec. 22, 2020, in the 6700 block of 17th Avenue South in Richfield. At his sentencing, he was also given credit for 203 days he’d already served.

As of Wednesday morning, Amestica was in custody at the Hennepin County jail.

First-degree burglary carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail and a $35,000 fine.