Charges in smoke shop burglary

Two men have been charged in Anoka County District Court in connection with the July 3 burglary of a Ramsey business.

Mohamed Sade Afyare, 24, Minneapolis, and Ilyes Omar Ibrahim, 25, were both arraigned in court July 3 on a felony third-degree burglary charge.

Afyare has posted $15,000 bail, but Ibrahim remains in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. Their next court dates are Aug. 1.

The early morning hours of July 3, Ramsey Police officers responded to a burglary report at Ramsey Smoke Shop, 14050 St. Francis Blvd. NW, where a witness saw a black male smash the front door of the business, enter and leave with two other black males in a Toyota Camry, according to the complaint.

An Anoka County Sheriff’s deputy, responding to the area of the business, spotted a vehicle with three black males inside on Highway 10 matching the description and license plate number given by the witness.

The complaint alleges the driver of the car appeared to be trying to get away from the deputy by making sudden lane changes and a U-turn before turning into the Holiday gas station in Ramsey.

The deputy activated the lights and siren on his squad, but the car allegedly continued to drive around the gas station, then stop.

The driver allegedly ran southwest from the vehicle, leaving two occupants still inside the vehicle; they were identified as Afyare and Ibrahim, according to the complaint.

Officers searched the car and allegedly found two large garbage bags full of cigarettes and several pieces of glass on the floor where the suspects were seated.

Reviewing surveillance video from the store, police allegedly saw two black males enter the store, fill two large black bags with cigarette cartons and leave the store.

Both suspects in the video allegedly appeared to be wearing the same shorts and shoes as Afyare and Ibrahim were when they were arrested.

The driver of the car who fled is still being sought by police.

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

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