Man arrested for tampering with motor vehicle in Stillwater shortly after jail release

A 63-year-old man was cited for tampering with a motor vehicle one hour after being released from the Washington County Jail.

According to police reports, the man was observed by employees at Aamco Transmission on the 14000 block of 60th Street North walking through the parking lot on the east side of the business. An employee, concerned about possible theft, confronted the man, and the man said he was looking for a different business and walked away. Another employee later saw the man sitting in a car and looking inside another car with the vehicle door open. After being confronted again, the man took off on foot, and the employees called the Stillwater police.

Officers followed the man’s tracks and located him behind Rose Floral. The man at first refused to respond to officers’ verbal commands, but then complied after being shown a Taser.

The man told police that he was in the cars so that he could keep warm.

He was booked and held for court due to the fact that he is an out-of -state resident. He was cited with misdemeanor tampering with a vehicle.

Phone theft at Best Buy Mobile store 

The theft of two phones from the Best Buy Mobile store on the 1800 block of Market Street remains under investigation by Stillwater police.

On the afternoon of Feb. 2, three suspects stole two iPhones from the store. Police reports state that the value of the two phones are $899.99 and $999.99.

Reports state that a female walked into the store, followed closely by two males. The males allegedly cut the deactivated phones from the display case while the female was talking with another employee. The employees indicated that the parties seemed to know each other.

After the phones were cut from the display the employees confronted the men, police reports say. The men allegedly shoved the employees, then ran outside to get into their red Chevrolet Impala and drive away. The employees were unable to get a license plate number.

The suspects are described in police reports as two black males and a black female.

The first male is said to be very large in size, estimated at 350 pounds, 6 feet tall and between the age of 17-21, wearing a knit stocking cap, a Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers jacket, khaki pants and dark shoes.

The second male is said to be skinny, 130 pounds or less, between the ages of 17-19 and approximately 5 foot 9 inches. He was wearing jeans, a dark grey hoodie and a puffy black jacket with white and black basketball shoes.

The female was described as skinny, about 120 pounds, from 17-20 years old, 5 foot 7-8 inches tall with straight, shoulder-length hair  and wearing blue jeans and a bright pink or red jacket.

The employees were not injured, and surveillance tape was being collected. As of mid-day Feb. 4, the suspects remained unidentified. The trio had allegedly been at the Maplewood Best Buy Mobile store before this incident but hadn’t stolen any items there, likely due to the fact that the Maplewood store has more staff, police say.

Compiled by Avery Cropp at avery.cropp@ecm-inc.com

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