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Alcohol problems blamed in two St. Paul break-ins

  • October 30, 2013 - 9:34 PM

It was like déjà vu all over again.

In two separate incidents within the past week, St. Paul police responded to reports of 20-somethings who were so drunk that each broke into a St. Paul residence, made off with some food and then couldn’t remember what had happened.

Michael P. Gavin, 25, of Maplewood, was charged Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court with one count of first-degree burglary for an incident in the early hours of Tuesday in which he is accused of running off with the bacon — as well as a tape measure and headphones.

Court documents report that a homeowner in the 1100 block of Marshall Avenue rousted Gavin off a sofa and chased him from her house. When police caught up with him and recovered the missing items, he denied stealing anything, but said he had a drinking problem — and had been drinking earlier in the evening.

On Tuesday, Mijajean L. Jourdain, 22, of St. Paul, was charged with second-degree burglary and attempted first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking a window and stealing a box of ice cream bars late Saturday from a deep freeze on a St. Paul homeowner’s closed-in porch on Cook Avenue W. She fled when confronted by the angry homeowner, who wielded a rifle to make his point. She told police she didn’t remember a thing, but had cuts on her right hand.

“Jourdain was very embarrassed about her behavior, laughed, and said she needs to stop drinking because she does crazy stuff when she gets that drunk,” the complaint said.

Chao Xiong

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