Suspected serial burglar charged in Minnetonka break-in


A Shakopee man was charged in connection with a home burglary and he is suspected of committing numerous suburban burglaries over the past year, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

David William Pollard, 45, was charged with one count of second-degree burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon. He will make his first court appearance Friday and prosecutors are seeking bail of $500,000.

“It is upsetting to come home after being away, only to discover someone has broken into the house and stolen your possessions,” Freeman said. “But more than a dozen police departments worked together to eventually apprehend Mr. Pollard and we will work to link him to as many of these burglaries as the evidence allows and keep him off the street as long as possible.”

In June, Minnetonka and 15 other police departments realized they were investigating 26 residential burglaries in which more than $300,000 in property was taken, as well as 21 guns, and the cases were similar. Each time, the homeowners were either at a theater or at a funeral, according to the criminal complaint.

Police suspected a Chrysler Cordoba was related to the crimes, but did not have a true name or address to go with it. However, Tuesday evening, Minnetonka police received a call of a burglary in progress. Police surrounded the house and when Pollard backed his Cordoba out of the garage, they tried to block him and make the arrest, the complaint states.

Instead, he sped off, driving on lawns, with the officers in pursuit. He eventually jumped out of the car but was caught. A search warrant was obtained for the car and recovered were a handgun, silverware and other valuables, all from the burglarized house.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)