A man has been charged in Anoka County District Court following a theft at at Gould’s Diamonds and Jewelry Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 16).
Carl James Floyd Warner, 20, no known address, has been arraigned in court on a felony theft charge.
Anoka Police were called to the store at the corner of Main Street and Seventh Avenue at 3:38 p.m. on Jan. 16 where staff reported a man had run off with an expensive ring that he had been looking at in the store, according to Chief Phil Johanson.
The man walked into the store and asked to look at the ring and the clerk handed over the ring so the man could more closely inspect it.
The complaint alleges that after saying he would take it, he ran off with out paying for ring, valued at $800.
A witness saw the suspect leave Gould’s and was able to direct police to a house in the neighborhood.
Police received permission to enter the house and found Warner inside.
Prior to searching the defendant, he allegedly told police that he took a gold ring from Gould’s store without paying for it and that it was in his pants pocket. The police then found the ring, according to the complaint.
Warner was found and arrested within a half-hour of the theft.
Capt. Scott Nolan of the Anoka Police Department said the quick arrest came with the help of several witnesses, including the store’s staff and customers as well those who were outside who saw the direction in which the suspect had run off.
No weapon was used in the theft and none of the jewelry store staff were harmed in the incident.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at firstname.lastname@example.org