Anoka business owners nab suspect

Employees at an Anoka business nabbed a burglary suspect.

Steve Ronald Grbich, 52, 2911 Seventh Ave., Anoka, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court April 16 on felony first- and third-degree burglary charges.

Bail was set at $40,000 without conditions or $20,000 with conditions and he is due back in court May 14.

Shortly before 6 a.m. April 13, Anoka Police were called to City Heights Window Cleaners on Fifth Avenue where the field manager reported that when he arrived for work and entered the building, he found a two-wheel dolly stacked with three computer towers, two computer monitors, two keyboards, computer cables and mouse devices plus a large screwdriver near the dolly which did not belong to the business.

Checking the building, he told police he found fresh footprints in the snow outside a rear overhead door, which had been jimmied.

Then when he and other employees went through the building, they discovered a man, later identified as Grbich, hiding inside a vehicle and detained him, according to the complaint.

On his person, the employees allegedly found pocket stamps, computer cords and other property belonging to City Heights Window Cleaners.

And when police searched Grbich prior to placing him in a squad car, they retrieved two folding knives and a flashlight from his pockets.

In a statement, Grbich alleged that he forced open the overhead door and crawled under it with the intention of stealing property and selling it to pay his rent.

He also alleged he was trying to remove the catalytic converters from two trucks parked outside the business and sell them, but the battery on the cordless grinder he was using ran out.

Police found fresh footprints in the snow by the trucks as well as the grinder, according to the complaint.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]


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