A husband and wife are facing burglary charges after a mother who was putting her twins down for a nap caught the pair running out her back door and loading her belongings onto their bicycles.
South St. Paul police said the victim reported the burglary in process at 12:05 p.m. on May 19.
The victim flagged down a neighbor driving up the alley toward her home and he helped stop 47-year-old Pernella Frances Bull and 46-year-old Charles Robert Bull from leaving the home, and he also got the pair to return the items they took.
When officers arrived, they found multiple items on the victim’s driveway that the Bulls had removed from the home, including a toolbox full of tools, a laptop, a desktop computer and a large blue duffel bag containing miscellaneous items and the victim’s purse.
The Bulls were arrested and taken to the St. Paul Police Department, where Pernella Bull told officers she had been told by a friend that the house was listed as a free house on Craigslist, saying that it’s common for homes to be listed as “free” when a homeowner needs to get out immediately.
When officers searched for the victim’s reference on Craigslist, it was not found.
Pernella Bull admitted to officers that she never looked on Craigslist to confirm the house had been listed, but said she shouted, “Is anyone here?” when she entered.
She said she received no response and thought the home was vacant, and said she did not think it was odd to find the home fully furnished with a car in the driveway, police said.
According to the criminal complaint, Pernella Bull admitted the duffel bag was hers but could not explain how the victim’s purse ended up inside.
Charles Bull told officers that he thought it was odd that there was so much in the home and no one else was there taking items.
The Bulls now face felony burglary charges in connection with the incident.