Three individuals were formally charged with misdemeanor theft in connection with two unrelated June incidents at a Stillwater grocery store.
The first incident occurred June 15 when a Minneapolis man, identified in Stillwater Police reports as Darryl Jones, was allegedly caught on the Market Drive Cub Foods security camera stealing a woman’s wallet from her purse while she and her husband had their backs turned to their cart.
The victim’s wallet contained debit, credit and insurance cards and cash. The woman was notified that Jones had allegedly charged $1,000 in purchases on her credit cards within an hour of the theft.
A review of surveillance video caught Jones and two accomplices working to allegedly distract customers while they tried stealing their possessions. The investigation was helped by police departments in Blaine, Lino Lakes and Apple valley since the cards were used in those cities.
In another incident, two persons have been formally charged with misdemeanor theft of baby formula from the Market Drive Cub Foods.
A police report said Deanna Marie Pugh and Shannon Lamarr Douglas II allegedly stole cans of Similac Advance powdered baby formula June 8 and 19. The total estimated loss the thefts was almost $158.
Motorcyclist suffers minor injuries in wreck
A motorcyclist sustained minor injuries in an accident Saturday at a Stillwater intersection involving his bike and a car.
The motorcyclist was westbound on Myrtle Street approaching the Second Street intersection as the driver of the car was stopped at Second Street stop sign. Witnesses along with the car’s driver told Stillwater Police officers that traffic was backed up on eastbound Myrtle Street eastbound and the car’s driver felt it was clear to cross the intersection.
As the women drove her car into the intersection, her vehicle was struck by the westbound motorcycle. Witnesses told officers that the motorcyclist was travelling in the middle of his lane and not wearing a helmet.
The motorcyclist was taken to Lakeview Hospital and the driver of the car was cited for failure to yield.
Tuxedo-wearing man gets lift
Stillwater Police officers responding Sunday to a reported vehicle break-in in the 1100 block of Owens Street discovered a well-dress, but inebriated perpetrator.
A woman told arriving officers she caught a 20-year-old man trying to break into her vehicle. Officers located the tuxedo-wearing intoxicated suspect who was lost and walked to Owens Street from a downtown location. Officers learned the man was in a wedding party and wanted a ride back to the hotel. Officers transported him to the hotel.
Store reports panhandler
Herberger’s staff reported that a store customer allegedly asking other customers for gas money recently.
Store staff told Stillwater Police officers that the suspect has been panhandling at the store several times in the past and they suspect the person is taking merchandise and trying to return it.
The suspect is describe as mid-50s and 5 foot 8 inches wearing a fanny pack and backpack. The suspect was gone when officers arrived.