Two men plead guilty to Blaine Gasoline Alley burglary

Two men charged in Anoka County District Court in connection with the burglary at the former Gasoline Alley in Blaine have entered guilty pleas to a felony count.

Robert Kiff Anderson, 31, 411 105th Ave. N.W., Coon Rapids, and Shawn Ryan Simonson, 36, Mounds View, both pleaded guilty Oct. 22 to a third-degree burglary charge. They will be sentenced Jan. 15, 2013. They both remain free after posting $5,000 bail.

An employee of the current owner of the Gasoline Alley property on 103rd Avenue was driving past the site Feb. 27 when he saw a truck parked on the side of the road in a no parking zone and a male, later identified as Simonson, on the bed of the truck lifting a bumper boat motor into the vehicle, according to the complaint.

The employee identified the motor as the property of Gasoline Alley, which would have been stored inside a fence on the property.

He called police on his cell phone, then saw a second male walk out of the woods. He was later identified as Anderson.

Police tracked two distinct sets of shoeprints in the fresh snow to a storage shed on Gasoline Alley property where the bumper boat motors were stored. The shed door was open.

The sets of footprints matched the footwear of Anderson and Simonson.

According to the complaint, police believe that Anderson took the motor out of the shed and handed it to Simonson to place in the truck.

In a statement, Anderson said that Simonson was driving his truck, although it technically belonged to his girlfriend.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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