A man was arrested in Coon Rapids yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, Jan. 8) in connection with Dec. 30, 2012 robbery of Kay Jewelers at Riverdale Village Shopping Center, Coon Rapids.
Following a tip and surveillance, the man, a 23-year-old whose last known address was in Fridley, was taken into custody in Coon Rapids and jailed.
According to Det. Chad Duckson, Coon Rapids Police, the suspect is expected to be charged and make his first appearance in Anoka County District Court tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 10).
The tip followed media publication Monday of new surveillance photos taken of the possible robbery suspect at an Anoka jewelry store Dec. 29, the day before the Kay Jewelers robbery.
The suspect was positively identified by the direct victim in the robbery and several witnesses, according to Cdr. Paul Sommer, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
Police also recovered clothing that is consistent with the unique clothes worn by the suspect in the surveillance footage, Sommer alleged in a press release.
The suspect has has multiple arrests for theft-related crimes, he said.
A diamond ring valued at $15,599 was reported stolen in the strong arm robbery at Kay Jewelers, 12699 Riverdale Blvd..
According to the Coon Rapids Police reports, when a man entered the store shortly before 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30 the two employees were suspicious because he had been at the store the day before looking at a diamond ring.
This time, he asked one of the employees to try it on for him and when she did, he grabbed her hand, squeezed her fingers and pulled off the ring, then left the store on foot.
A second employee follow the man to the Costco parking lot where he got into a parked car and left.
The suspect was described as a white male, 19 to 21 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with sandy blond hair.
He was wearing a tan jacket with fur collar, black jeans and blue shoes.
The car in which he drove off was described as a white, two-door Toyota Celica.
The employee who had the ring pulled off her finger suffered a broken finger, according to Sommer, .
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