26-time burglar struck while victims were at the theater, funerals

According to charges filed in Hennepin County, a 26-time burglar had a pattern: He struck when victims were either attending funerals or were at the theater. David William Pollard, 45, has been charged with second-degree burglary, wrapping up a 15-police department investigation that began in June of 2014.

Charges said Minnetonka police and 15 other departments were investigating 26 residential burglaries that amounted to about $300,000 worth of property, including 21 guns.

Eden Prairie detectives reviewed surveillance video from a metro theater (charges do not indicate which theater) and saw the same Chrysler Concorde twice, the driver never getting out of the car. Both times, calls were made to theatergoers while they were away, and their homes were burglarized.

Two days ago at 8 p.m., Minnetonka police received a report of a burglary on Sussex Place and the residents were attending a performance at a metro-area theater. Officers witnessed Pollard kick in the front door, drive the Chrysler in the garage and close the door. Later, backing out of the garage, officers went up to the car, Pollard accelerated, drove toward a squad and swerved over lawns and officers pursued. Pollard jumped from the moving car near 2800 Stone Arch Road in Wayzata and fled on foot. Officers found him hiding under a trailer. In the car was a suitcase of valuables, a handgun and silverware.

Pollard was arrested and remains in custody.

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