updated 11/1/2008 12:22:53 PM ET 2008-11-01T16:22:53

A 34-year-old man has been charged with stealing eight piggy banks from a Minnesota home, netting more than $2,700 in change.

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Police say Robert Blake, of Eden Prairie, then went to a bank, where he spent more than half an hour standing at a coin-counting machine while the device tallied the money.

Police say he later picked up his girlfriend and bought a coat, boots and shirts at Burlington Coat Factory.

Blake was charged with second-degree burglary for allegedly taking the large screw-top plastic bins.

Police found him after a neighbor saw a man leave with two large nylon bags and noted the plate number.

Police says Blake may have lived with the victims in the past.

Blake was already on probation for first-degree burglary.

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