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Wayzata Today TV news - May 15 - Minneapolis man charged with west metro burglaries

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Published on May 15, 2009

A Minneapolis man has been charged with three felonies regarding burglaries in the west metro.

47-year-old William Milligan was charged last week in connection with a burglary in Brooklyn Center and another in Golden Valley.

While speaking with investigators, Milligan admitted to being present during three office burglaries in Wayzata early on May 4.

That morning the Wayzata Police Department responded to a report of burglaries at three office suites at the Wayzata Crossings building, located at 1421 E. Wayzata Blvd.

Wayzata Police Department Lt. Mike Murphy said that in those burglaries two flat screen televisions and a laptop computer were stolen along with corporate and personal checks.

Just after 8 a.m. that morning one of the checks stolen in the burglaries was passed at a west metro bank.

That afternoon the department identified and located a vehicle involved in the check forgery at an address on the 3800 block of Freemont Avenue North in Minneapolis. Along with the Golden Valley and Brooklyn Center Police Departments, officers executed a search warrant at the home and arrested Milligan.

The department is looking for a second male suspect in connection to the case, Murphy said, although it's not yet known whether he played a role in the burglaries or if his involvement was limited to the check forgery.

Murphy could not name the second suspect, but added that he could likely have be charged with crimes before he is even in custody.

He is a suspect "in connection with criminal activity" related to the break-ins, Murphy said.

As for charges against Milligan in the case, Murphy said that so far none specific to Wayzata have been filed, adding that it's up to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office as to how to proceed.

Milligan is no stranger to the legal system. His criminal record in Minnesota dates back to 1980, according to court records.

According to those records he pleaded guilty to burglary charges in 1985, 1991, twice in 1998 and again in 2002. He has other convictions for forgery, simple robbery, theft by swindle and possession of a controlled substance.

Online court records show more than 20 convictions in Minnesota against him. Murphy noted that Milligan has a record in Illinois as well.

Wayzata Art Experience
The sixth annual Wayzata Art Experience will take place this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Over the weekend Lake Street will turn into a cultural wonderland with artists displaying their work, musical performances, plenty of food and activities for children of all ages.

More information on the event can be found at www.wayzatachamber.com.

Three Rivers working on Silverwood Park in St. Anthony
It began life as the Salvation Army Silver Lake Campground, but this summer the facility is being turned into one of the Twin Cities' newest places to play. Silverwood Park in St. Anthony will feature a new visitor center, outdoor amphitheater and trails when the work is finished. Here's Tom McDowell of the Three Rivers Park District to tell us more.

That concludes our series of updates on Three Rivers Park District. If you'd like to learn more about any of the topics discussed, visit www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.

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