Man Charged in East Metro Burglaries

Posted 6/15/22

Suspect Allegedly Broke Into Multiple Occupied Homes in Cottage Grove, Woodbury on June 3 A Plymouth man accused of breaking into several occupied east metro homes two weeks ago was charged on …

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Man Charged in East Metro Burglaries

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Suspect Allegedly Broke Into Multiple Occupied Homes in Cottage Grove, Woodbury on June 3

A Plymouth man accused of breaking into several occupied east metro homes two weeks ago was charged on Tuesday with five counts of first-degree burglary and one count of attempted first-degree burglary.

Jaleel Francis Wah, 24, and an accomplice are accused of entering four homes in Cottage Grove and others in Woodbury the morning of June 3. It appears Wah attempted to break into other homes in the area but was unsuccessful.

Wah’s criminal history includes several arrests and convictions for first-degree burglary. He was sentenced in 2019 to prison time for those felony offenses.

“It is not uncommon for us to receive reports of people entering unlocked cars and open garages, but it is rare to have a suspect like Wah who was convicted and served prison time, continue committing the same crime again and again while people were home,” Cottage Grove Police Chief Pete Koerner said. “I’m glad none of our residents were hurt and no officers were injured taking him into custody.”

With help from the victims in this case, Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Minneapolis police investigators identified Wah and arrested him in Minneapolis the evening of June 3. When he was arrested, police discovered Wah was carrying a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

“Wah’s arrest is a great example of the partnerships we need with the public and other agencies like Woodbury

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and Minneapolis police who help us take him off the

streets,” Koerner said.