Update: Alleged Casey’s robber had applied to work there

Published 10:20am Monday, November 19, 2012

An alleged convenience store robber is in custody after an employee identified him as someone who applied for a job there.

Blooming Prairie authorities arrested the man Saturday morning after he allegedly attempted an armed robbery at Casey’s General Store in Blooming Prairie around 1 a.m. Saturday, but was identified by an employee. Employees called police after he left.

Blooming Prairie police responded to the report; however, the suspect fled just before the arrival of officer Jacob Peterson, according to a news release. Peterson searched the store and found three employees hiding in back. One of the employees said she had been robbed at gunpoint, but she could identify the suspect. According to Police Chief Paul Wayne, the suspect has applied to work at that Casey’s, and one store clerk knew the man.

Members of several law-enforcement agencies searched the area around the store but didn’t find the suspect until later, when they surrounded a house the suspect was known to frequent.

The homeowner gave permission to search the home, and officers found the suspect lying on a bed and arrested him. The suspect was taken to the Steele County Detention Center.

No one was injured in the incident. The suspect was not able to take any cash from the store, the news release says. And according to Wayne, the suspect didn’t take anything.

Steele, Mower, Freeborn and Dodge sheriff’s offices, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Owatonna Police Department all assisted.

The suspect will make his first appearance Monday in Steele County Court where he will be formally charged.


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