Minnetonka police arrested Jeffrey Boemer on Wednesday in Minneapolis. He is believed to be responsible for the burglaries of about 20 homes in Minnetonka, targeting high-end jewelry, small items, coins and cash.
Investigators had been trying to catch up with Boemer for the past month and a half. He broke into homes by popping off screens and entering through windows, and even smashed a window open with a landscaping rock in one case.
Investigators closely watched Metro Transit Bus Route 675, which Boemer regularly used between Minnetonka and downtown Minneapolis homeless shelters.
Boemer's criminal history includes half a dozen burglary convictions, along with an arson and manslaughter conviction from the mid 1980s.