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.