A St. Paul man has been charged with burglarizing a Woodbury home and stealing a variety of electronic equipment, then tweeting about the successful burglary.
Trocon Habakkuk Barclay, 18, is charged with first-degree residential burglary, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Woodbury police were called to a home in the 10500 block of Glen Eagle Place on Sept. 9 after the homeowners reported several items missing.
Someone entered the home’s unlocked basement patio door during the day and took a MacBook Pro computer, an Xbox gaming system, a Wii gaming system, an iPad 3 and two pairs of Beats headphones, according to the complaint.
A woman who lives in the house told police that she works from home and was home all day, but didn’t hear anyone enter the house.
The daughter of the homeowners told officers that a man whom she knew as “Troy” had recently been in the house with other friends, who had come in via the basement patio door. She believed that Troy had stolen one of her Xbox games while he was there, and possibly some money, and she said one of her friends told her later that the man had stolen the game.
On Sept. 10, the homeowner told police that he had found tweets about the burglary at his house. One of the tweets posted by Barclay said: “If u ever leave yo door open and somebody come in your house to hit a lock they gon be happened cause when u sleep u cant hear,” according to the complaint.
Other tweets posted by Barclay asked if anyone wanted to by a Wii or an Xbox 360.
Police obtained and executed a search warrant a Barclay’s St. Paul apartment and found the missing MacBook Pro and iPad in a backpack. They also found an Xbox 360, but couldn’t determine whether it was the stolen one.
Officers interviewed Barclay, who admitted burglarizing the home with two other people, whose names he refused to divulge. He said he entered the home through the unlocked basement door, and that during the burglary he heard someone talking on the phone upstairs. He admitted taking the computer, the iPod and the Wii system, according to the complaint.
In a subsequent interview, Barclay denied stealing the iPad, telling officers that he had received it as a gift on Sept. 1. Police found photos on the iPad of the stolen Xbox 360 system. Although Barclay admitted stealing the Xbox after he was shown the photos, he refused to tell police where it was, saying that he would either retrieve it or pay for it.
Barclay has been released from custody on his promise to make all future court appearances. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the charge Feb. 5 in Washington County District Court.