Anoka man sentenced to prison for theft case

An Anoka man was sentenced Feb. 4 in Anoka County District Court on felony charges of simple robbery and motor vehicle theft.

Eric Jon Krueger was sentenced to 14 months and 15 days in prison, but given credit for 201 days already served.

He pled guilty Nov. 18, 2013. Two other felony charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property were dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea agreement.

According to the criminal complaint, a Blaine police officer 1:02 p.m. July 19, 2013 saw a man later identified as Krueger leaving a known drug house in a truck which had been reported stolen.

Police attempted to stop Krueger, but he ran a red light at Lexington Avenue and Pheasant Ridge Drive and cut through lawns and driveways to elude several squad cars. The pursuit was called off because of concern for public safety, according to the complaint.

Witnesses later reported the vehicle was in a Walgreeen’s parking lot in the area of Aberdeen Street and 124th Avenue. According to the complaint, Krueger tried to force another driver out of their van, but police arrived and arrested him.

Krueger must pay $1,432.81 in restitution by April 20, 2015, which will come out of his prison wages.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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