A 53-year-old man from St. Paul has been accused of stealing a bag at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport that contained a medical device worth $6,000. According to police, the man had no interest in the bag’s contents, and he ended up putting the medical device in the trash. He allegedly stole the small piece of luggage simply because he was in need of a bag. Police were able to track the man down using surveillance footage after the bag’s owner sought help from authorities. The man was taken into custody, and a criminal complaint later accused him of felony theft.
The incident began at around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. The bag was made of black canvas and held medical equipment that is often used by people who suffer from sleep apnea. The alleged thief was accused of theft over $5,000, which can have a maximum prison sentence of 10 years as well as a $20,000 fine.
The man is also facing charges in another case where he is being accused of criminal sexual conduct. That case accuses the man of inappropriately touching another man at a Bloomington hotel. The man allegedly followed the other man from a pool area to a cafeteria and then to a restroom. The alleged victim reported that the man offered to give him $100 if he promised to not report the incident.
The man has a history of run-ins with the law. He apparently has felony convictions related to burglary, aggravated robbery, drugs and theft. He has also been convicted of several misdemeanors.
Repeat offenders often face a serious challenge when dealing with their most recent accusation. However, a good legal team will be able to assess any situation and determine if or how charges could be reduced. A qualified attorney can help determine the best legal strategies in cases such as these.
Source: twincities.com, “St. Paul man nabbed for bag theft at airport” David Hanners, Jan. 22, 2014