Man sentenced for burglarizing Oakdale business

A 29-year-old man has been found guilty of breaking into Safe Reflections in Oakdale nearly three years ago.

Mark Edward Beyer, of North Branch, was sentenced to 28 months in prison and a stayed sentence under conditions, which included he serve 302 days in jail with credit for 302 days already served, pay restitution in the amount of nearly $1,900 to the business, comply with mental health programming, complete chemical dependency treatment and be law abiding.

According to court documents, officers were called to Safe Reflections on Granada Avenue North just before 7 a.m. after the business was burglarized sometime during the overnight hours in May of 2010.

When they arrived, police found two windows broken out. The front of the business had been equipped with an alarm, but not the office windows that were smashed.

Officers observed fresh blood on the broken glass of one of the windows, as well as on an office folder and the floor. It appeared that the intruder had entered and exited the office through the window.

Missing from the office was a Dell Latitude laptop computer.

Police also found a 6-inch silver pipe, a docking station that had been in the office and window blinds on the ground outside the window.

There was blood on both the docking station and blinds. A 5-inch steel center punch was later found under a table in the office.

A second office had been broken into, also through a window, and another Dell Latitude laptop computer was missing from a desk that was directly in front of the window. It appeared the intruder had reached in through the window and grabbed the computer without actually entering the office.

The two stolen laptops taken were valued at $2,000. Nothing else was taken from the business.

Blood samples from the crime scene were sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis, and the DNA profile matched the file sample provided earlier by Beyer. 

According to Minnesota court records, Beyer’s criminal history shows he has previously been found guilty of theft, receiving stolen property, domestic assault and third-degree burglary.

Alex Holmquist can be reached at or 651-748-7822.

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