White Bear Lake Man Admits to Stealing Handgun in Lino Lakes

Updated: 04/08/2013 4:10 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A White Bear Lake man has admitted to being involved in multiple burglaries in Lino Lakes, including one where a handgun was stolen and then sold for drugs.

According to the criminal complaint, a homeowner on the 2200 block of Tele Drive in Lino Lakes reported a burglary on Saturday, March 23. He said someone broke into his attached garage and took several sets of car keys and a .40 caliber handgun with three magazines while he was asleep.

A homeowner across the street also said someone broke the window to a vehicle a stole a garage opener.

Evidence linked the burglaries to a stolen credit card that was used several times throughout Ramsey County, according to the criminal complaint.

Surveillance footage revealed that one of the suspects involved was 30-year-old James Lee Zemlicka of White Bear Lake, according to the criminal complaint. He admitted to being involved in multiple burglaries in Lino Lakes, including the one on Tele Drive. He also admitted to selling the handgun for drugs.

Zemlicka has been charged with both first and second degree burglary as well as theft. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines on the first degree charge, up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines on the second degree charge, and up to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines on the theft charge.