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.
Elk River police have arrested two juveniles after they believe the duo was involved in burglary, theft and even possibly creating a homemade explosive device. According to sheriff Joel Brott, investigators observed one juvenile leave the residence in a car, which was later determined to be stolen.
Police are trying to identify the suspect who woman who robbed a TCF Bank in Forest Lake on Oct. 2. Authorities said it took place at 1:02 p.m. at the Cub Foods on West Broadway Avenue.
One man has been charged in connection with an incident earlier this week wherein a woman was held down and urinated on as a number of men wearing wigs surrounded her in St. Paul.
Apple Valley Police and the FBI are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect that robbed the TCF Bank inside the Cub Foods Tuesday afternoon on Cedar Avenue. Authorities said the theft took place at 4:12 p.m. and that the suspect didn’t display a weapon. The lone male suspect fled the scene after obtaining cash from the teller.
The father of the 9-year-old boy who stowed away on a flight to Las Vegas is now speaking out, as his son is reportedly on his way back to Minnesota. The father did not want his name or face revealed, because his son is a minor, and according to a CNN source, the boy was being returned “because the jurisdiction where the boy is from is where issues will be addressed.”
A former worker at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was sentenced Thursday to two years and two months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing shotguns, revolvers and other weapons from the checked luggage of passengers who had connecting flights through the busy Twin Cities airport.
A string of armed robberies near the University of Minnesota has police urging students to pay close attention to their surroundings, especially in the nearby neighborhoods of Dinkytown and Marcy Holmes.
U of M police issued a crime alert on Monday, describing two robberies that took place close to campus over the weekend. Investigators said they appear to be similar to four other robberies that happened in the past month — those were also close to the U. Some of the victims are students and some aren’t.
Police are asking for the public’s help as they search for the lone female suspect who robbed a Hudson bank on Thursday. Hudson police said the woman entered the First State Bank and Trust at 10:47 a.m. Thursday, handed a note to one of the tellers that demanded money. The note said that she had a weapon, but no weapon was displayed.
A 51-year-old Brooklyn Park woman pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more than $300,000 from a church, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Raenay Hendrickson pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by swindle over $5,000 for defrauding the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Two men have been arrested for allegedly stealing lottery tickets in Montrose on at least two separate occasions last month. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to Red’s Café on both August 17 and August 22 on calls of reported burglaries.
A former armored truck driver has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $182,000 from ATMs in Minnesota and North Dakota. Thirty-one-year-old Christopher James Diestler of Fergus Falls pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of bank larceny.
About 50 brass flower vases were stolen from Mahtomedi grave sites over the weekend and authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating them, and in identifying the suspects involved. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mahtomedi reported that the 50-some 10-inch tall and 4-inch wide vases are each valued at $200. They went missing on Saturday and Sunday.
The Minneapolis Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find a violin worth thousands of dollars that was taken during a theft from a vehicle on Monday. On the day of the theft, the victim made stops on the 2700 block of Lyndale Avenue South and near the area of 38th Street and Pleasant Avenue South between 3 and 3:30 p.m.
A man was arrested in northern Minnesota Saturday night after rolling his car, then allegedly stealing a vehicle from a Good Samaritan trying to help him, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash at about 10:34 p.m. Saturday on the 4400 block of Martin Road with the vehicle possibly on fire.
Police say thieves tried to get away with more than a half-dozen golf carts Thursday morning at the University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course. One man is in custody, but authorities are still looking for a second.
St. Francis police are investigating a rash of car break-ins — done all in one night. Seven cars were broken into on Yucca Street NW and the person responsible destroyed car dashes, getting away with stereos, speakers, GPS units and other expensive electronics.