Bizarre Burglary Puts Duluth Man in Jail

Posted at: 01/18/2013 6:18 PM
Updated at: 01/18/2013 10:59 PM
By: Laurie Stribling


An unusual, attempted burglary in Hermantown landed a man in jail facing three felony charges. Court records show 30-year-old John Henry Greene of Duluth faces two charges for burglary and one for possession of a controlled substance.

He was arrested after police said he broke into a home on Lavaque Junction Road in Hermantown. The homeowner, Jeff Nelson, was at the residence when it happened.

"A man came into the living room who I've never met before," Nelson said. "He sat down in the chair next to mine and starting talking to me."

Nelson said the suspect claimed he got the key from his sister, but Nelson said the story wasn't adding up.

"Your mind just takes off," Nelson said. "It's like, who is it? How did he get in? Why is he here and what does he want?"

Nelson calmly asked Greene to leave, and he said the suspect did. That's when Nelson noticed Greene's car was parked in his garage. Nelson called police.

Officials said Greene went down the street and tried to get into another home, but the doors were locked. He was arrested shortly after.

Police found a pipe with methamphetamine residue in Greene's car along with a key to Nelson's house. Nelson said the recovered key was a spare hanging in the garage.

"It's just a terrible feeling," Nelson said. "Of course the key in the garage is no longer. We aren't going to be keeping that."

Police hope this story will serve as a reminder for community members to lock up and rethink where they are stashing spare keys.

Greene is also a suspect in other recent burglaries in the area.