Theft complaint leads to arrest of two men

Two men, one from Stillwater and the other from Brooklyn Park, were arrested Dec. 12 on several charges following a theft incident at a Stillwater store.

Jerry Pollard of Stillwater and Travis Burrell of Brooklyn Park face charges of driving after revocation, felony possession of shoplifting tools, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a Stillwater Police Department report.

According to the report, officers responded to a shoplifting-in-progress call from Target store security personnel who told police they were following two male shoplifting suspects.

Store security video showed two men allegedly loading a 32-inch flat screen television into a shopping cart. The reports said the pair left the shopping cart after they realized store security personnel had been called.

Reports said officers spotted a red car with two black males fitting descriptions from store security staff and a third person, a female, in the back of the car. Reports added that officers followed the car to a Super 8 Motel.

The report said Burrell was driving the car and Pollard smelled like alcohol. It was later discovered that Burrell had a revoked license and Pollard had a warrant out for DWI.

Reports said officers asked Bullard and Pollard if there were any stolen items in their car and the men responded no. Reports added that officers detected the odor of burnt marijuana, which led to a search of the vehicle.

Reports said that search yielded a black duffle bag containing about 72 grams of marijuana in a large bag, and a demagnetizing device commonly used to disable anti-shoplifting devices, pliers and a digital scale.

When officers asked the suspects who owned the car, Burrell said it was his girlfriend’s vehicle and he was borrowing it.

Burrell and Pollard were taken to the Washington County Jail. Burrell was booked for felony possession of shoplifting tools, driving after revocation, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He remains in custody.

Pollard was booked on a warrant for misdemeanor DWI and released.