Career criminal pleads guilty in suburban burglary spree

10:15 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A serial criminal who preyed on homeowners in the west metro faces a likely 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in a recent burglary spree.  

Jeffery Luke Boemer of Minneapolis pleaded guilty to six home burglaries that targeted neighborhoods in Golden Valley and Minnetonka.

Investigators identified the 44-year-old Boemer from a prescription asthma inhaler he dropped while fleeing homeowners who interrupted one of this break-ins. He was arrested in Minneapolis with a vehicle taken in another break-in.

Boemer cooperated with authorities, identifying a total of 12 homes he targeted this past spring. He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and five counts of second-degree burglary. 

Investigators say Boemer usually entered the homes through windows, breaking them if he had to, and stealing laptop computers, cash and jewelry. He preferred houses on wooded lots because the trees made it harder for neighbors to see him carrying out his crimes.

Hennepin County prosecutors say Boemer's criminal history dates back more than 20 years. In his guilty plea, Boemer agreed that he is a career criminal.

He will be sentenced Oct. 23. Prosecutors will ask for an upward departure from Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.

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