Charges, arrest warrant issued in connection with Anoka bait shop thefts

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Charges and an arrest warrant have been issued for a man suspected of stealing from an Anoka business.

Curtis Lee Gebhart
Curtis Lee Gebhart

Curtis Lee Gebhart, 36, who has no permanent address, has been charged with two felony counts of possession of burglary or theft tools and two counts of fourth-degree criminal damage to property.

On Aug. 22, officers from the Anoka Police Department responded to report of a theft at Lehmann’s Power and Equipment, 620 East River Road.

The store owner told officers that at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 18 someone entered the bait shack on the property and broke into the payment box inside. The shack is open so customers can buy bait outside normal business hours and pay through an “honor system” box, according to the complaint.

The store owner provided police with date and time-stamped surveillance video which showed a male stealing money from the box, first pulling money from the box and then using bolt cutters to cut the hinges off the latch and steal the remaining money.

Approximately $50 was stolen, along with damage to the property, according to the store owner.

Police report that the suspect’s face could be clearly seen on the surveillance video, as well as portions of tattoos on both of his arms.

On Aug. 31, officers investigated another theft from Lehmann’s bait shack. Police viewed the surveillance video of the same man again using bolt cutters to enter the payment box and steal money.

After circulating the images on social media, the suspect was identified by three different people as Gebhart, according to the complaint.

Police report they obtained a driver’s license photo of the defendant, as well as several other booking photos from other counties which show his tattoos in detail.

Compared to the video, it was determined to be Gebhart.

Gebhart is still at large.

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