One of the three suspects accused of stealing $157,000 worth of merchandise from Gould’s Jewelry in Anoka on July 22 is now in custody.
Desmen Lee Parker, 32, St. Paul, was arrested July 27 in St. Paul and is now is custody at the Ramsey County Detention Center.
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office that same day filed three felony charges including aiding and abetting burglary in the second degree, aiding and abetting possession of burglary or theft tools and fleeing police in a motor vehicle.
Authorities were quickly able to identify Parker as one of the suspects because he gave his driver’s license to a Blaine Police officer after being stopped less than half an hour after a witness gave a 911 dispatcher a suspect vehicle description, according to the criminal complaint. The other two suspects are not in custody.
Parker allegedly drove away in his rental car during the traffic stop. He crashed the rental car in Minneapolis and the three suspects fled.
The Anoka Police Department was dispatched to Gould’s Jewelry on the corner of Main Street and Seventh Avenue at 10:55 p.m. July 22. A witness had called 911 to report seeing three people inside the store with hoods on their heads. They saw the caller and ran out of the store into a red colored passenger car that possibly had four doors.
Just 11 minutes after Anoka Police was dispatched, a Blaine Police officer monitoring the burglary dispatch calls spotted a four-door red colored vehicle heading east on Highway 10 near the 85th Avenue exit. The officer followed the vehicle as it headed south on I-35W.
Once the vehicle went one to two mph over the speed limit in a construction zone just north of the I-694 exit, the officer activated his emergency lights and the vehicle pulled over.
According to the complaint, the Blaine officer got Parker’s driver’s license and noticed he had a passenger in the front seat. While speaking to Parker, a third person popped up in the back seat. For his own safety, the officer quickly backed away and Parker allegedly drove off.
The Blaine officer pursued the vehicle south on I-35W with lights and siren activated, but Parker allegedly would not stop.
Parker crashed his rental car into an electrical box in the city of Minneapolis and all three suspects ran away.
With Parker’s driver’s license in police custody, authorities had the name and face of one suspect and arrested him five days after the robbery.
According to the complaint, police obtained a search warrant and in the vehicle found several sets of gloves, several black plastic bags and a large amount of jewelry scattered all about the interior of the car. The Gould’s Jewelry owner allegedly identified several pieces of jewelry taken from her store.
The owner told police that the value of the stolen jewelry was $157,070.
According to the complaint, a surveillance video from inside Gould’s Jewelry showed that a person wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt smashed out a door so he and two other individuals wearing black hooded sweatshirts could gain entry. The person with the gray sweatshirt proceeded to smash open the display cases with a crowbar and the other two grabbed jewelry and put it into black plastic bags. The three individuals then ran from the store.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]