Authorities arrest man in Edina burglaries

Stewart E. Pesheck, who has been charged with burglary in the past, was arrested in connection with more "high-end" break-ins.

A man charged earlier this month in connection with a Minneapolis burglary is the chief suspect in a recent string of high-end break-ins in Edina, police said Thursday.

Stewart E. Pesheck, 42, of Minneapolis was arrested on June 9 during a traffic stop in Minneapolis.

On hand for the arrest were investigators from Edina, Minneapolis, Hennepin County and Maplewood, Edina police detective Dave Carlson said. "He gets around," Carlson said of Pesheck, whose criminal record has included burglary convictions in 1996 and in January of this year.

On Thursday, Pesheck remained in custody in the Hennepin County jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Carlson said he was waiting on forensic evidence as part of Edina's case against Pesheck. Once the evidence is in hand, Carlson said, he will submit the case to the Hennepin County attorney's office for possible charges. He did not know when that would be. He declined to say what led authorities to Pesheck.

Last month, Minneapolis police released surveillance images of a man they believed responsible for at least five "sophisticated high-end burglaries" near the Chain of Lakes as well as others in the west metro, including Edina.

Edina police reported seven burglaries on the city's northwest side from April through Memorial Day weekend. In the four most recent cases, outside wires were cut on two occasions and jewelry taken in three of the four break-ins.

Earlier, Carlson said that more than $100,000 in jewelry was stolen in the Edina burglaries.

He was among the investigators who witnessed Pesheck's arrest in Minneapolis earlier this month. Although charges have yet to be filed in the Edina cases, Carlson said, "He's my suspect." He added that no similar burglaries have been reported since Pesheck was jailed.

"Imagine that," he said.

Anthony Lonetree • 612-673-4109

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