A 24-year-old woman was convicted Thursday of stealing more than $150,000 from a vulnerable family member, according to the Washington County Attorney’s office. Elaina Lorene Casello was convicted on multiple counts of felony theft and identity theft after stealing money from various bank accounts of an elderly relative. The theft occurred from Feb. 2011 till Dec. 2012, with Casello using the stolen funds to buy several items, in addition to paying her own bills.
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A man is in custody on several charges after an alleged carjacking in Sioux Falls. Police say the 36-year-old man fled on foot from the scene of a vehicle crash about 8:40 p.m. Sunday. They say he eventually assaulted a man in a parking lot, stole the man’s car and then assaulted a woman who was still inside the car.
Savage Police are investigating after a man stole a donation jar intended to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network from a gas station early Thursday morning. According to police, the thief entered the Super America on the 14200 block of O’Connell Road at about 3 a.m. and made himself a cappuccino.
A University of Minnesota law professor has apologized to violent crime victims and witnesses after a computer with sensitive information of nearly 300 people was stolen from his office. Criminologist Barry Feld was collecting data for a study on interrogation techniques when the laptop, a scanner and external hard drive were taken.
Three men have been arrested and are believed to be connected to a series of burglaries in Beltrami and Cass Counties. According to the county sheriff’s office, 29-year-old Joshua James Martin, 25-year-old Jeremy Jay Martin, and 19-year-old Jasmine Lee Bellcourt were taken into custody over the weekend.
A Minnesota legislator says he’ll push a bill next year for mandatory cellphone technology allowing people to remotely disable lost or stolen smart phones. The legislation requiring cellphone cutoff technology is a response to a burst in phone thefts, including some taken in violent attacks in Minnesota.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with one of the robberies near the University of Minnesota campus. Myron Jovan Richardson-Rivers, of Crystal, is a suspect in a robbery last month. He’s currently behind held at the Hennepin County Jail.
The University of Minnesota says “Grinches” steal evergreens from its campuses each winter to use as Christmas trees at home. Now, they’re using an unusual method to thwart would-be thieves.
Authorities in northern Minnesota are asking for help as they are investigating a pair of burglaries from businesses near Sauk Rapids. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place on the early-morning hours of Oct. 13 at Mimbach Fleet Supply near Sauk Rapids.
Two people are charged with stealing nearly 2,000 spruce trees from county-managed forestland in northeastern Minnesota. Authorities say the two planned to sell the small trees and tree tops as miniature Christmas trees in southern Minnesota.
His plan was to fortify his retirement plan by stealing and selling $1 million of hearing aids from his previous employer, but a Bloomington man is now heading to court instead. Thyvuth Lin, 56, is set to make his first court appearance at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court. Joining him is Laden Hot, 20, who is related to Lin and lives in the same Bloomington home.
There’s nothing strange about seeing someone in a mask on Halloween, unless you’re a bank teller and one of the masked men has a gun. The FBI said three men in masks robbed the TCF Bank in Fridley on Friday night.
Police said two people were caught with nearly $40,000 worth of stolen high-end eyeglass frames earlier this month, after allegedly stealing from multiple Twin Cities businesses. Beverly Sanchez Jara, 38, with an unknown address, and 27-year-old Hector Astudillo, of an unknown address, were each charged with one count of theft (more than $5,000), and one count of aiding and abetting receiving stolen property (more than $5,000).
Minnesota’s highest officials have granted a second chance to a seven people with long-ago criminal pasts by granting them pardons. The Board of Pardons agreed to the redemptive step Tuesday after being persuaded that the people have served their time, atoned for their mistakes and turned their lives around. The board rejected more pardons than it granted.