All three men who were charged after stealing $189,000 in merchandise from Gould’s Diamonds and Jewelry, 700 East Main St., in Anoka in July 2012 have now been sentenced.
Desmen Lee Parker, 33, was sentenced May 13 in Anoka County District Court to 58 months in prison, but was given credit for 553 days he has already served, according to court records.
Parker pled guilty to one second-degree burglary count. Other felony charges of possession of burglary or theft tools and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle were dismissed at sentencing. He was also fined $85.
Richard Lee Holston, 34, and Travail Adam Crumble, 26, were previously sentenced. Both were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,567.35.
No restitution was noted in Parker’s case, but a restitution request could be made within 90 days of the May 13 sentencing.
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. When the suspects saw the caller looking at them, they ran out of the store and fled in a vehicle that Parker was driving.
The vehicle was first stopped by a Blaine Police Officer on eastbound Highway 10 near 85th Avenue. Parker handed the officer his license, but then drove away reaching speeds in excess of 110 mph. Parker’s vehicle eventually crashed into an electrical box in the city of Minneapolis and the three men ran on foot.
Parker was first identified as a suspect because the police still had his driver’s license. The other two people were identified from DNA evidence, according to the complaint.
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