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Jealousy-fueled theft leads to charges

Eric Campeau was upset his girlfriend was getting a little too close with someone else, but police say he went a little too far to get revenge.

Campeau, 21, faces a felony theft charge after he reportedly stole a laptop and cell phone from the young man he felt was spending a little too much time with his girlfriend.

Farmington police got a report of the theft last June. The victim told police he was at home having a few beers with friends and that he woke up the next morning and found his computer and phone missing. Investigation led police to Campeau, who had apparently used the phone to make some calls and had used the computer to get online.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Campeau told police he was upset with the victim and had learned where he lived. He entered the man's home after his girlfriend had left with plans to confront him, but when he found the man asleep he took the computer and cell phone.

Police retrieved the computer from a Burnsville pawn shop.

If convicted on a felony theft charge Campeau could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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