Oakdale man charged in connection with Woodbury burglaries

GPS monitoring system leads to suspect

A 30-year-old Oakdale man has been charged in connection with two burglaries in Woodbury after a GPS monitoring device tracked the movements of a vehicle he was allegedly driving.

Daniel John Callinan has been charged with two counts of aiding and abetting first-degree burglary. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, in January a search warrant was granted to allow police to put a GPS monitoring device on a SUV registered to Callihan’s parents for 60 days. The defendant was known to frequently drive this vehicle and was suspected of participating in other burglaries throughout Washington County.

The complaint states that on Jan. 25, the GPS device indicated the vehicle was traveling around a number of residential areas in Woodbury between 2:30 and 4 a.m. The vehicle reportedly made several stops in the neighborhoods, including on Jenny Lane and Smithfield Curve in Woodbury.

According to the complaint, surveillance footage at a Kwik Trip gas station on Hudson Road in Woodbury shows the SUV pull up to a gas pump at 3:43 a.m.

The footage reportedly shows the suspect, who was wearing white tennis shoes with a stripe on the side, enter the Kwik Trip store. After he left the gas station, the GPS device tracked the vehicle back to his residence in Oakdale.

The complaint states that later that morning, a woman on the 6700 block of Jenny Lane reported she’d forgotten to close her garage door the evening before, and that someone had tampered with a vehicle parked inside the garage. The glove box had been opened and the contents were rummaged through. Officers arrived to investigate and found footprints in the snow on the driveway.

Around 11 a.m. that same day, a burglary was reported on Smithfield Curve, according to the complaint. The homeowner reported that his wife found one of the garage stall doors open that morning, and that several items, including GPS units and baseball equipment, were missing from two vehicles that had been parked in the garage overnight. Police again found footprints in the driveway.

The complaint states that both victims reported they were home during the time of the burglaries.

On March 1, police searched Callinan’s residence and found a pair of tennis shoes in his bedroom that matched the ones he was seen wearing in the Jan. 25 gas station surveillance footage, according to the complaint. The shoes’ tread reportedly matched that of the footprints found on the driveways on Jenny Lane and Smithfield Curve.

Callinan currently has pending cases for second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property in Washington County and for financial transaction card fraud in Ramsey County, according to the complaint. He has also been previously convicted of third-degree burglary in Ramsey County and other criminal offenses, the complaint states.

Alex Holmquist can be reached at aholmquist@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

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