Prosecutors accuse a 22-year-old Minnetonka man of being the burglar whom a woman awoke to find in her bedroom last month, according to court documents.
On Sept. 29, police went to the 5400 block of Williston Road following a burglary, Officer Samantha Johnson wrote in the charging documents. The homeowner said she awoke to find someone standing in her bedroom doorway. She initially thought it was her daughter and called out her daughter’s name but received no answer.
The woman left her bedroom and saw that the door leading to the basement was open. She talked with her daughter and boyfriend, but both said they were in their bedrooms the entire time. She then noticed that several items around the house were disturbed or missing—including money, a bottle of prescription medicine, alcohol and a toolbox.
Officer saw that the basement window was open and discovered a pair of shoes wet with grass that did not belong to anyone in the home.
While canvassing the neighborhood, a man told officers that he thought his son, Reid Christopher Ostlund, had committed the burglary, according to court documents. The man said Ostlund lives with him and has a chemical dependency problem.
After police told the man that there had been a burglary in the neighborhood, he looked around his home and found a prescription bottle with the victim’s name on it and several bottles of alcohol in the basement. He confronted his son, who admitted burglarizing the home.
When officers spoke with Ostlund, he admitted breaking into the home and taking the medicine and several bottles of alcohol, according to the court documents. He acknowledged that he knew what he did was wrong.
Ostlund has been charged with first-degree burglary—a felony that carries a sentence of six months to 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.