Reward offered in Lake Elmo Market Thanksgiving Day burglary


In surveillance video, three people with their faces covered steal cigarettes and cash from Lake Elmo Market early Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The manager is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. (Submitted photo)

Store offers $2,000 reward for information that leads to conviction

The Lake Elmo Market is offering a $2,000 reward for information on three people who shattered a glass door and stole cigarettes worth  $5,000 and cash from the store just before 1 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

“I want them caught, so people know we’re not just going to be quiet about it,” said manager Ramiz Saadeh.

There were three attempted break-ins in the last year at the convenience store and gas station at 11025 Tenth St. N., prior to the recent burglary, according to Saadeh.

At 12:58 a.m. Nov. 28, three people who covered their faces with masks and fabric, broke the bottom half of the door near the cash register in the front of the store to get in after regular business hours.

Two of the suspects tossed cartons of cigarettes onto a blanket to carry them out. Another pulled the cash register off of the counter, and threw it on the ground several times to break it open. They left in less than a minute.

“These people knew exactly what they were doing,” Saadeh said.

The store’s security alarm company notified him at about 1 a.m. that a motion sensor went off and Washington County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched within minutes to the store for what they later confirmed was a burglary.

The burglary caused around $8,000 in damage, including wrecked electronics and stolen items, which Saadeh said insurance helped cover.

He said he has spent thousands of dollars for security upgrades, such as bars on the door that the three suspects smashed with a brick.

Three of the store’s eight surveillance cameras caught different angles of the burglary. Saadeh released the footage, hoping that someone might recognize the burglars in the video.

Because the burglary is still under investigation, the Washington County Sheriff's Department could not confirm what was taken or comment on whether there were any suspects identified or any other related incidents, said Cmdr. Brian Mueller. 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour crime tip line is tel:651-430-7850.

Kaitlyn Roby can be reached at kroby@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7814. You can also find her at twitter.com (@KRobyNews).
 

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