Jul 29, 2014

Local Couple Charged in Minnetonka Car Theft Case

One defendant allegedly told the other about the condo because he had "hit that" before.

Local Couple Charged in Minnetonka Car Theft Case

Police believe a 27-year-old woman and 21-year-old man from Southwest Minneapolis broke into an underground garage at a Minnetonka condo and stole items from a car. 

Sarah Elizabeth Burrington and Christopher James Payne, a Windom resident, were charged in Hennepin County with felony burglary in the second degree. 

On Jan. 19, Minnetonka Police received a report of a burglary at the condos located at 11460 Fairfield Road. The victim told police that the car had been parked in the secure underground garage and upon return the following morning, a window had been broken and several items had been taken. Loss and damage was estimated at $452.

Police say surveillance video showed Burrington prying open the secure front entrance door and that she and Payne entered the complex and then the underground garage. According to police, the video shows Payne open the garage door and Burrington drive her car into the garage. The actual theft was not caught on video.

Police say Burrington admitted breaking into the garage and stealing from the car with Payne. Burrington allegedly said Payne told her about the condo because he had "hit that" before about a month earlier.  

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