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Convictions: Robbery nets hundreds of dollars, ‘handfuls of jewelry’ in Woodbury

Three men were convicted of felony charges for aiding and abetting robbery of hundreds of dollars and handfuls of jewelry in Woodbury.

In late June, Washington County District Court sentenced Keaton Eric Miller, 20, of Woodbury to probation for seven years after he and two others threatened a Woodbury man and stole jewelry, money and a phone while the homeowners were out of town.

Ronzell Damar Richey, 19, of Cottage Grove and Kyle Vernon Elwell, 21, of St. Paul Park, were sentenced to 10 years on probation.

According to the complaint:

The owners’ son invited Miller to the house April 5, 2014, but Miller also brought two friends.

“They came in and the next thing I know is I’m getting beat,” the complainant told police.

The robbers went upstairs to the master bedroom where they grabbed “hundreds of dollars and handfuls of jewelry,” according to the son. The men tried to remove a safe from the bedroom, but it was too heavy and they decided to leave it behind. They repeatedly punched the son because he didn’t know the combination to open the safe.

The son went to the hospital, where he was treated for cuts to his face and shoulder and a closed head injury.

His iPhone was also stolen.

Woodbury Public Safety was dispatched at 4:37 a.m. to the 8300 block of Russell Ave. for a reported robbery. The suspects fled in a black Honda. 

Police observed the complainant’s injuries, as well as the large safe and damages to the master bedroom door. 

At 2:40 p.m., the car was located by an officer, who arrested three occupants. One of the three turned out to be a witness who had heard the three suspects say they almost got the safe.

Miller was the leader of the robbery, the complainant said.

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