2 charged for shoplifting and fleeing police

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

Two people accused of stealing from a Target store in Coon Rapids have been charged by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.

Blaine resident Frances Jean Hansen and Minneapolis resident Hieu Duc Nguyen, both 31 years old, were charged on March 8. Both face felony theft charges, but Nguyen is facing two additional felonies of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and first-degree criminal damage to property.

According to the criminal complaint, a Target security guard at the store at 8600 Springbrook Drive NW in Coon Rapids called the police to report suspicious shoppers. Hansen and Nguyen were allegedly putting high dollar electronics into carts and the loss prevention officer recognized them from previous thefts.

Hansen and Nguyen allegedly cut security tags off or removed merchandise from locked peg hooks and put the stolen goods into a tan shoulder bag before walking out of the store. The value of these products totaled more than $1,500, according to the complaint.

A Coon Rapids police officer stopped them as they were driving away, but Nguyen sped away after the officer walked up to their car. The vehicle traveled at speeds between 60 and 80 mph before coming to a dead-end in a cul-de-sac. Two Coon Rapids officers rammed into the car to try to get it to fully stop, but Nguyen drove away.

The Nissan Pathfinder officers chased is registered to Nguyen. Coon Rapids officers who pursued the vehicle identified him as the driver and Hanson as his accomplice, according to the complaint.

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