Two men from the Twin Cities have been accused of stealing a from the shuttered St. Paul Ford plant. A 26-year-old man from Minneapolis and a 37-year-old man from Bloomington allegedly broke into the old plant. Theft at the plant has become such a problem that cameras were placed to catch potential criminals. Both of the men have been charged with second- and third-degree burglary.
The charges state that the two men were seen by a contractor who was working at the non-functioning plant on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The men were allegedly standing near scrap metal, and they fled when they caught sight of the contractor. Police later spotted two men who matched the descriptions the contractor gave them. Police found the two men walking approximately 80 feet apart on Mississippi River Boulevard. One man told the police he was simply out for a walk, while the other said he was seeking help for his broken-down car. Both were arrested, and the contractor later identified them.
The police investigation discovered a trail of footprints starting in a wooded area and leading to the plant’s back fence. The footprints went through the yard of the plant. Further, the plant’s security cameras allegedly captured the two men cutting metal in the plant with a blow torch. A specific photo from Saturday, December 14, allegedly shows the 37-year-old man’s face. Police also allege that the two men made several trips to a local metal shop to sell scrap brass and copper.
The men did not speak to police while in custody, which is their right. Anybody who has been arrested can and probably should speak with an attorney before talking to the police. Attorneys can advise those who have been arrested of the best course of action for their specific circumstances.
Source: startribune.com, “2 charged in theft of scrap metal at shuttered St. Paul Ford plant” Chao Xiong, Dec. 19, 2013