Police say a resident returning home Monday afternoon interrupted the attempted burglary of their residence. The incident took place near Wayzata's Holdridge neighborhood on the city's east side.
The case is being investigated by the Minnetonka Police Department, but its close proximity to Wayzata prompted to issue a crime alert late Monday.
Police have identified Jeffrey Boemer, 44, as the suspect.
On Thursday the Minnetonka Police Department announced a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.
Police say Boemer has been known to use public transportation to travel from Minneapolis to the western suburbs. Residents are advised to call Detective Terri Swanson of the Minnetonka Police Department with information at (612)720-4456 if they know the whereabouts of Boemer; police ask that there is no attempt to make contact with him.
To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers with information
- Toll Free calls can be made 24/7 to 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
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Information on Boemer:
Monday's incident was the third of its kind in less than a month in the Lake Minnetonka area.
when a resident on the city's west side arrived home to find an African American male with a "full afro" rummaging through a vehicle inside a garage. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.
Earlier this month , sparking a manhunt that lasted several hours.
The incidents are not believed to be related.
Local police are urging residents to lock their doors and do what they can to make their home look lived in and occupied when they are away. Lights with timers—more than one—are a good deterrent, according to police.
"If you have an alarm system at your home, use it," Chief Risvold wrote in a Monday e-mail. "If you are away for an extended period of time, stop newspaper and mail delivery and have a trusted person check on your home regularly to retrieve unexpected packages."
Residents may also request that the Wayzata Police Department make random checks of their home while they are away by completing a “House Check” card, which are available at the Wayzata Police Department or on the Police Department page on the city of Wayzata website.
"Finally, watch out for your neighbors," Chief Risvold said. "Your eyes and ears are the key to keeping your neighborhood safe."