9 Women Charged In Twin Cities Shoplifting RingPolice say a theft ring used Facebook to take "orders" and would then fulfill the requests by stealing high-end merchandise from big-box stores in the Twin Cities area. Nine women are facing felony charges in connection with thefts in five counties.
Woman Who Swindled $350k From Car Wash Gets 57 MonthsA woman who kept the books at an Eagan car wash was sentenced Wednesday to 57 months in prison for swindling $350,000 from her employer.
Man Arrested In String Of Metro Area RobberiesMinneapolis police have arrested a man who has confessed to more than a dozen armed robberies in the metro. Robert Lee, 23, is charged with robbing the Walgreens at 46th and Hiawatha on Monday.
Minnesota Enacts 1st Law On Cellphone DisablingMinnesota has the nation's first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have remote shut-off devices as a way to deter theft. The "kill switch" bill was signed Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton after lawmakers passed it last week.
Thief Swipes Donation Jar, Coffee From Gas StationSavage 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.
3 Suspects Arrested In Beltrami Co. BurglariesThree 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.
Charges: 2 Stole 2,000 Trees To Resell For XmasTwo 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.
Charges: 2 Men Stole $1M In Hearing AidsHis 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.
Car Refurbisher Charged With Stealing $128K From Customers, InvestorA Crystal man was charged Friday with one felony count of aggravated theft by swindle after stealing nearly $128,000 for several people in a car refurbishing scheme first investigated by WCCO in 2011. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, 24-year-old Zachary Maxwell Moore stole $127,839 from 33 people over two years, several of whom originally paid his company, Civics Reborn, to refurbish old Honda Civics. Defendants claim that Moore was initially attentive with customers until after they paid for the car and refurbishments in full, then he became almost impossible to contact. He also moved his company’s location six times, failing to pay full rent to each landlord before relocating.
Fergus Falls Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing From ATMsA 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.
St. Paul Police Form Unit To Fight Organized ShopliftingSt. Paul police say half of the shoplifting in their city is due to organized crime, but a first-of-its-kind unit is targeting those thieves. The department has formed an organized retail crime unit that will go after the people who steal household items.