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Police: Shoplifting suspect made beeline on foot from store across I-494

A suspect in a Woodbury shoplifting case made it out of the store, but police said he didn’t stop there.

According to a police report, the suspect bolted on foot from Kohl’s, crossed both lanes of Interstate 494 and continued on to an apartment complex, where he was apprehended with the help of a police dog.

According to the report:

Workers at Kohl’s, 7100 Valley Creek Plaza, reported at 6:21 p.m. Dec. 6 that two people were shoplifting at the store. A male suspected of taking jewelry and a wristwatch left the store with the unpaid merchandise but fled on foot after encountering officers outside.

The male ran west through the Kohl’s parking lot, across Woodlane Drive, crossed a small field, hopped a fence and entered I-494. The suspect crossed both lanes of traffic on foot, then hopped another fence on the west side of 494.

The suspect continued running to Woodmere Apartments on Weir Drive. Police, assisted by a K-9 unit, took the man, a South St. Paul resident, into custody at the apartment complex. Police recovered stolen merchandise after bringing the suspect back to the store.

The other suspect, identified as the South St. Paul man’s girlfriend, was arrested outside Kohl’s. Also a South St. Paul resident, she was found in possession of stolen property. She was cited for theft and released, while the male suspect was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, fleeing police on foot and obstructing the legal process.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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