Woodbury Burglary Suspect Arrested… Again
Paul Thomas Harrington faces another burglary charge following his arrest Friday.
Six months after he was arrested following a string of burglaries and vehicle break-ins near his Woodbury home, Paul Thomas Harrington was arrested again on Friday, June 1.
Police in December 2011 arrested Harrington after an investigation of 17 residential burglaries and 19 thefts from vehicles in the city. He lives at the 6200 block of Birchwood Road, about a half mile from the reported thefts.
On Friday, Harrington—who was charged with two felonies stemming from the previous incidents—was arrested again on suspicion of burglary.
This latest incident also occurred near his home, said Woodbury Police Cmdr. Jay Alberio. The 19-year-old now faces another felony burglary charge and a misdemeanor charge of fleeing police.
Officers are also analyzing evidence from another burglary in which Harrington is a suspect, Alberio said.
According to the criminal complaint:
At about 1 a.m. on June 1 police were called about a man who entered a home at the 700 block of Meadowood Drive.
A homeowner saw him enter the house through the garage and she shouted at him and he fled.
While the residents didn’t call police for about 30 minutes, officers who responded saw a man on Linden Road who fled when they yelled at him to stop.
Police later found Harrington running between two homes on Oakwood Road. Officers gave chase and he was arrested in a yard at the 6000 block of Oakwood Road.
Meanwhile, officers learned of a campsite at Cree Park where they found a purse belonging to a resident at the 6100 block of Poplar Drive, near the Meadowood Drive home.
During an interview with police at the Washington County Jail, Harrington admitted to stealing a red sleeping bag, a bottle of water, food and the purse from the Poplar Drive home. He did not make any statement regarding the Meadowbrook Drive incident.
If convicted on the latest charges against him, Harrington faces up to 20 years in prison and $36,000 in fines.
On the previous second-degree burglary charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $40,000 in fines if convicted.