Created: 06/19/2013 12:59 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
34-year-old David James Williams of Coon Rapids
Photo: Photo: Anoka County Sheriff's Office
A Coon Rapids man has been charged in connection to a string of burglaries of local auto shops back in February.
Officers executed a search warrant on Wednesday, June 12, at the apartment of 34-year-old David James Williams of Coon Rapids and say they recovered more than $1,000 in stolen property.
The first burglary happened sometime between midnight and 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Precision Tune Auto Care on the 2800 block of Coon Rapids Boulevard Northwest. The suspect took about $300 in cash from the register, four Davinci car rims, a Snap On Solus diagnostic scanner, and a laptop computer, according to the criminal complaint.
The second burglary happened at the same store sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. This time police say the burglar stole three laptop computers, an industrial wire-feed welder, a welding helmet and mask, windshield wiper blades, bottles of transmission fluid, and miscellaneous tools.
The third burglary happened between 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Goodyear Automotive Center on the 11100 block of Coon Rapids Boulevard Northwest, which is next to Precision Tune Auto Care. The suspect broke into a plow truck and stole high-intensity headlamps, an Edge-brand attitude programmer, an auxiliary gas tank gauge, and a Boss-brand handheld plow remote. Police say it caused about $600 in damage to the vehicle.
Police say the footprints at all of the locations were the same.
Police were first alerted about Williams after his live-in girlfriend called police on Sunday, June 9, regarding a domestic assault complaint. The woman said she was arguing with Williams after a friend told her that Williams had burglarized the Precision Tune Auto Care where he used to work. The friend told the woman that some of the property was in the garage they rented together, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman told police that Williams gave her children a laptop and that her friend said it had probably been stolen during the burglary. The serial number matched the stolen laptop.
Police executed a search warrant and found the laptop computer, the high-intensity headlamps, windshield wipers, transmission additive, and boots that matched the footprints at the crime scene; they later found the Snap On Solus diagnostic scanner, according to the criminal complaint.
Williams has been charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, and third-degree criminal damage to property. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on each of the burglary charges; up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the theft charge; up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the receiving stolen property charge; and up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the criminal damage to property charge.