Prolific Thieves Sentenced

Yesterday the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced that David Pollard, a prolific home burglar, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for two home burglaries – one in August 2014 and one in January 2015. Pollard has been linked to 42 burglaries in six counties and 19 different communities, totaling $1-million in losses, including 22 firearms.

Pollard selected his victims by staking out theater parking lots, recording license plate numbers then using a public data internet service to determine the home addresses associated with the license plates and burglarizing the homes under the assumption that the homeowners would be at the theater for several hours.

Eden Prairie had one of the earliest victims and EPPD detectives offered to take the lead in investigating the cases. In April 2015, while conducting surveillance, EPPD detectives and investigators from other agencies observed Pollard as he broke into and burglarized a home in Minnetonka. After a brief chase and foot pursuit, he was apprehended with stolen items, including jewelry and a handgun. He has since received a federal sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In a second, unrelated case, a man who stole from numerous victims in health clubs across the Twin Cities has pled guilty on 10 counts of Financial Transaction Credit Card Fraud, two of which occurred in Eden Prairie. Ronnie Guy will spend 26 months in prison and has been ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to each of his victims. Detectives were able to identify Guy by posting surveillance photos of him on several local police department Facebook pages, including the EPPD’s.

In both of these cases, multiple jurisdictions came together to share information and work closely in order to solve complex cases. We appreciate the efforts that investigators across the metro area made to put these two thieves behind bars.

Thank You Plungers!

photo by Lacy Villavicencio

Last Saturday 558 people, including several EPPD officers, plunged into the icy waters of Riley Lake as part of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Due to the recent thaw, the “plunge” was more like a swim, although the water and air temperature were still extremely chilly.

The plungers solicit donations and the money raised goes to Special Olympics Minnesota. More than $103,064 was raised, which brings the amount of money raised in Eden Prairie since 2011 to more than $1-million. With 21 plunges completed statewide this year and two more to go, 13,914 plungers have raised more than $3-million.

Law enforcement plays a significant role in helping to raise both money and awareness for the Special Olympics. Police departments, including Eden Prairie, participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and help out at the Special Olympics games throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who plunged, pledged and volunteered at this year’s Eden Prairie Polar Plunge!

We’re Hiring!

Would you or someone you know like to work as a police officer for the Eden Prairie Police Department?

Well, now’s your chance! The EPPD is the process of recruiting police officers for future openings. Applications are due Monday, March 27 by 10 a.m.

For more information on the hiring process, please see the position details.

And check out the video below to find out why the EPPD is a great place to work.

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

If you plan to escape Eden Prairie this spring to go on vacation, make sure you take a few minutes to secure your home in order to minimize the risk of burglary while you’re gone.

In 2016 there were 80 residential burglaries in Eden Prairie. Don’t become part of this year’s statistics! Before you leave, follow these tips to safeguard your house while you’re away:

  • Don’t mention your absence on social media.
  • Double-check to make sure all doors and windows are locked, including the door between your home and garage.
  • Use motion-sensing lights near entrances to your home or make sure standard outdoor lights near entrances are left on.
  • Set timers on lights, radios and TVs to create the illusion someone is in the home.
  • Place a hold on mail and newspaper delivery.
  • Arrange for someone to shovel your driveway and sidewalk if necessary.
  • Don’t keep valuables in your bedroom as this is where burglars go first. Instead keep valuables in an unlikely place.
  • Trim shrubbery near entrances or windows as they can provide a hiding place for a burglar to quickly smash a window or door.
  • Notify neighbors that you will be away from your home and encourage them to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Finally, consider scheduling a Home Security Survey with the Police Department. The survey is free and provides a detailed assessment of your home’s current security and tips to prevent a future burglary. Eden Prairie residents can call 952-949-6200 and ask for the crime prevention coordinator to schedule an appointment.

Welcome Officer Ibrahim!

This afternoon EPPD Chief Jim DeMann swore in the department’s newest officer, Mohamoud Ibrahim. Officer Ibrahim has served as a Community Service Officer in Eden Prairie since May of 2015.

Officer Ibrahim was born in Somalia, lived in Egypt for seven years and moved to Minnesota when he was nine years old. He received an A.S. degree in law enforcement from Inver Hills Community College and serves in the Army Reserve as a 92A Automated Logistics Supply Specialist.

He will spend the next 3-4 months in the department’s Field Training program before patrolling by himself.