Man charged in Coon Rapids jewelry store robbery

A man, accused of robbing Kay Jewelers in Riverdale Village Shopping Center, Coon Rapids, Dec. 30, 2012, has been charged with a felony in Anoka County District Court.

Matthew Kennedy
Matthew Kennedy

Matthew Thomas Kennedy, 23, Fridley, was arraigned in court today (Thursday, Jan. 10) on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge.

Bail was set at $75,000 and he was ordered to have no contact, direct or indirect, with Kay Jewelers or the store employee. Kennedy’s next court appearance is Feb. 4.

According to the complaint, a man entered the Kay Jewelers store shortly before 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30 raising the suspicion of the two employees because he had been at the store the day before looking at a diamond ring worth $15,599.

This time, he asked one of the employees to try the ring on for him, which she did on the left hand while attempting to cover her fingertips with her right hand, but he allegedly yanked the ring off her finger and ran out the door.

The employee immediately felt pain in her finger and when she went to the hospital, it was confirmed that it had been broken, according to the complaint.

Surveillance video clips and still photos were obtained of the suspect, not only from Kay Jewelers, but also from an Anoka jewelry story the previous day, Dec. 29, 2012, and after they appeared both on newspaper websites and local television news shows, several tips were received that allegedly identified Kennedy as the robber.

Using several prior county jail booking photos – Kennedy has had multiple arrests on theft related crimes, according to Cmdr. Paul Sommer, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office – officers allegedly determined that the surveillance images did appear to be Kennedy.

In photo line-ups, the two Kay Jewelers employees independently positively identified Kennedy as the man who entered the store and stole the ring off the employee’s finger.

Kennedy was arrested by Coon Rapids Police Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 8) after a tip was received that he was at a residence near Classic Bowl, according to Det. Chad Duckson, Coon Rapids Police investigator on the case.

He was taken into custody and jailed after the vehicle in which he was traveling was stopped by police on Coon Rapids Boulevard, Duckson said.

Two people who were also in the car, a man and a woman from Coon Rapids, were booked and released from the Anoka County Jail, he said.

Kennedy allegedly discarded the hoodie he was wearing in the robbery before he was apprehended, but it was recovered by police in a dumpster, Duckson said.

Also recovered from Kennedy were the shirt and shoes he allegedly wore during the robbery, he said.

But the diamond ring has not been found, according to Duckson.

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