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2 teens charged in connection to string of metro area burglaries

Brendan Andrew Durant (left) and Davion Masson Allyn. Photo: Courtesy of Wright County
Brendan Andrew Durant (left) and Davion Masson Allyn.

June 13, 2019 04:40 PM

Two 18-year-olds have been charged Thursday in connection to a home break-in that police suspect is tied to a burglary spree in the Twin Cities metro area.

According to court documents, Davion M. Allyn, of Coon Rapids, and Brendan A. Durant, of Maple Grove, are charged with felony burglary and misdemeanors for fleeing police and receiving stolen property. Both appeared in court Thursday and remain in jail.

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The teens are suspected of being connected with a burgalry spree that has hit many communities, with the suspects working in small groups and getting into homes by using garage door openers left in unlocked vehicles.

RELATED: Police issue warning to Twin Cities area residents after string of burglaries

Allyn and Durant were arrested early Monday in connection with a residential break-in in Otsego. Before they were caught, the Wright County Sheriff's Office said it had received 20 calls about stolen vehicles, thefts from vehicles and residential burglaries believed to have been carried out by the two and others.

Police in nearby Big Lake said early this month that its residents have been targeted by what they called "a very sophisticated ring" of burglars who have also struck in Monticello, Buffalo and Plymouth. The burglars use stolen vehicles to get around and commit more crimes, Big Lake police added. Police in Bloomington and Maple Grove also are looking into recent burglaries with similar characteristics.

Several metro area departments have urged residents to make sure all doors and windows are locked on their homes and cars, and to take any garage door openers out of vehicles to help deter the burglars. The Carver County Sheriff's Office joined that list of departments Thursday.

According to the charges in the Otsego burglary, a resident of a home located in the 17600 block of 54th Street NE told deputies that she confronted the suspects, who ordered her to mind her own business before they fled.

RELATED: 2 suspects in burglary ring arrested, Wright County Sheriff's Office says

The homeowners reported there was $300 in cash and a $6,000 cashier's check missing.

A deputy heading to the home saw the two men on stolen bicycles at a nearby intersection. Both suspects were soon caught with the help of a police dog.

Investigators also suspect the two stole items from four vehicles in the area and took a television and golf clubs from another home nearby.

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