St. Paul man found guilty of Fridley burglary

Matthew Starnes (Booking photo courtesy of Anoka County Sheriff’s Office)

Matthew Starnes (Booking photo courtesy of Anoka County Sheriff’s Office)

Matthew Starnes, 27, of St. Paul was found guilty Nov. 29 by a jury in Anoka County District Court of burglary in the first degree and possession of stolen property.

According to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office, Starnes allegedly entered a home in Fridley in the late night hours of July 26, 2012, while the residents were sleeping and stole several items, including a purse, a laptop computer, video games and DVDs.

These stolen items, and others from another burglary, were subsequently pawned by Starnes at pawn shops in Fridley and Coon Rapids.

The Fridley and Coon Rapids police departments and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office coordinated efforts to apprehend Starnes.

Tony Palumbo, Anoka County Attorney stated, “Thanks to the efforts of these law enforcement agencies and a vigorous prosecution, a dangerous burglar was caught and convicted.”

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13, 2012.

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