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Police arrest man alleged to have stolen nearly $5,000 in cell phones

Woodbury police arrested a Bloomington man Tuesday they believe stole more than $4,800 in cell phone merchandise from cell phone stores around the Twin Cities.

Tucker D. McDowell, 20, of Bloomington, was arrested at the AT&T store at 7060 Valley Creek Plaza in Woodbury on suspicion of theft.

According to the police report, Tucker walked into the store in the Woodbury Village retail development around 5 p.m. He gave store employees a false name and said he was an employee of the company and had two phones to pick up.

Store employees were aware Tucker's story was false and called police, who responded to the scene, the report stated.

Tucker was arrested and booked in the Washington County Jail in Stillwater where full charges are forthcoming, the police report stated.

Tucker is alleged to be responsible for a total of $4,858 in cell phones thefts from stores around the metro including Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, Edina, Burnsville, St. Paul and Eagan, the police report stated.

Employees at the Woodbury Village AT&T store told police they were familiar with the false name Tucker has allegedly used at several other metro area stores to obtain the phones fraudulently.

Upon Tucker's arrest, police retrieved two Samsung model cell phones valued at a nearly $500.