Gould’s Jewelry robber sentenced

The second of three men accused of robbing Gould’s Jewelry in Anoka in July 2012 has been sentenced in Anoka County District Court.

Richard Lee Holston

Richard Lee Holston

Richard Lee Holston, 34, of St. Paul was sentenced March 5 to 56 months in prison on a felony second-degree burglary charge. He was given credit for 142 days served.

Travail Adam Crumble, 26, was sentenced Dec. 17, 2013 on a felony theft charge. He got a prison sentence of 630 days, but was given credit for 35 days served.

Both were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,567.35.

Desmen Lee Parker, 33, of St. Paul is the third suspect. He has a plea hearing scheduled for May 13, according to court records.

The Gould’s Jewelry owner told police that the value of the stolen merchandise was $189,030.90. Authorities were able to recover $158,174 worth of these stolen goods after the suspects got in a car crash and then fled on foot while trying to elude a Blaine police sergeant, according to the complaint.

A witness called 911 at approximately 10:55 p.m. July 22, 2012 to report seeing three people wearing hooded sweatshirts inside Gould’s Jewelry. When the suspects saw the caller looking at them, they ran out of the store and fled in a vehicle.

A Blaine sergeant monitoring dispatch calls saw a vehicle matching a description of the witness traveling east on Highway 10 near 85th Avenue. He could see two people wearing hooded sweatshirts inside the vehicle. The sergeant followed them as they exited to southbound I-35W and pulled them over because they were speeding, according to the complaint.

Parker was driving and handed the officer his license. This ultimately enabled the Anoka County Attorney’s Office to charge him first out of the three suspects.

The officer saw a third person slouched down in the back seat that he had not seen before and saw several black garbage plastic bags on the floor next to this person, according to the complaint.

While the officer called for back-up, Parker drove away and reached speeds in excess of 110 mph. They kept heading south and eventually crashed into an electrical box in the city of Minneapolis. They fled on foot, according to the complaint. A search warrant of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of some of most of the stolen jewelry along with gloves and a crow bar.

Authorities were able to identify Holston and Crumble as the other two suspects thanks to DNA evidence that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension analyzed, according to the complaint.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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