Police stop gang of shoplifting suspects at outlet mall

   Three more women are facing criminal charges stemming from the Eagan police department’s interception a gang of suspected shoplifters at the Eagan outlet mall.
   In addition to charging Kianna Radcliffe-Alexander, 28, of 5734 Sander Drive, Minneapolis, with felony theft, investigators have charged the four other women suspected of accompanying Radcliffe-Alexander on an Eagan outlet mall shoplifting spree with felony theft over $1,000. In a series of criminal complaints released Wednesday, May 2, those suspects were identified as Kenya Radcliffe-Alexander, 27, of 2630 Girard Ave. North, Minneapolis; Latricia Pettis, 26, 6821 Cedar Ave. South, Richfield; and Catrice Cheers, 29, of 8008 28th St. W., St. Louis Park.
   Pettis was also charged with felony possession of shoplifting gear for allegedly carrying a tool to detach anti-theft tags from items.
   Eagan police were called to the mall for a report of a theft in progress on Saturday, April 28. When police arrived, a store security worker told police five women had been at an unidentified store concealing merchandise. The security worker reported five women went to the boys’ clothing section of a store and began hiding items in their bags or clothing. The women left the store without trying to pay for the items, according to the criminal complaint. Store security followed the women until they entered a bathroom.
   Police saw the women leave the restroom and stopped them before they tried to enter a second restroom, according to court records. When police told the women they were being stopped for a shoplifting complaint, the suspects, all black, denied shoplifting and “accused the store employees of being racist,” according to a criminal complaint.
   Police confirmed the security worker’s account by watching store surveillance video. Police recovered a bag containing about $100 to $400 of stolen merchandise from each of the five women, according to the complaint. The total of the allegedly stolen items was nearly $1,200.  Police also found one of the suspects carrying a tool to detach anti-theft devices.
   Radcliffe-Alexander, who has been called “a professional shoplifter” in media reports of past theft charges, has an extensive criminal history of about 35 cases, mostly misdemeanors, since 2008, according to court records. The crimes were committed in various counties. In Washington County, she was sentenced to 10 days in jail in 2015 and fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to soliciting juveniles to commit gross misdemeanors. Most of the fine was never collected and was rejected by a collection agency because of incomplete data, according to court records.
   The four other women with Radcliffe-Alexander when she was stopped by police were over the age of 18.
Yes, Virginia, there is a speed limit on Pilot Knob Road. Eagan police this week posted a monitor a short distance from the police station reminding drivers of the 45 m.p.h. limit one of the city's central roads.
Renovations have begun on the Eagan Police Department, part of a $15.7 million construction project at the city's municipal center. The police department has moved to the second floor of city hall during construction.

Midday burglar held gun to victims' heads at Eagan home

Interim School Superintendent  gets $48K pay raise  
   The District 196 school board approved a $48,000 pay raise for its interim superintendent.
     Mary Kreger, the district’s head of special education services, was recently appointed interim superintendent after school superintendent Jane Berenz unexpectedly announced she would be retiring at the end of the school year. Kreger, whose full compensation package was not disclosed by the board, was named interim superintendent for a year to allow time to search for a replacement superintendent.
     Kreger will be paid an additional $4,000 per month, according to the terms of an additional services assignment.
    A Cottage Grove man is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail on based on allegations he broke into an Eagan family’s townhouse, threatened two men with a semi-automatic handgun, and stole the victim’s wallet.
  Shawn Sunt, 23, of 773 Hemingway Ave. S., Cottage Grove, has been charged with two counts of burglary in the first degree and assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon, according to court records.
  The charges stem from an April 13 break-in at an Eagan townhouse shortly before noon. A father told police he and his son were at the townhouse when a car pulled up and three people approached the door. When the man’s son answered the door, Sunt demanded to speak with him, according to police.
  The son said he would go outside but Sunt allegedly kicked in the door and entered the house, followed by Westerhaus and another person not identified by police. Police allege Sunt then pulled out a black, semi-automatic handgun and demanded to speak with the son about his former girlfriend. The victim alleged Sunt threatened to shoot him if he didn’t talk.
  Sunt is also accused of pointing the gun at the father’s head and stealing the father’s wallet from a counter.
  Police allege that Westerhaus, who has not been charged with a crime, picked up laptop computer while making comments about the son’s girlfriend. She threw the laptop to the floor and the three intruders left when the father told them he was calling the police.
  Sunt had gone to police department earlier that day looking for a cell phone, according to police.
  Police said “numerous attempts have been made to apprehend Westerhaus, but to no avail.”
  Sunt has a criminal record that includes assault, financial transaction card fraud, property damage, and fleeing police in a motor vehicle, according to court records.

Accused burglar Shawn Sunt
EHS Will Host Cinco de Mattress Fundraiser         
    The Eagan High School Band Boosters will be hosting their third annual mattress fundraiser at the high school from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
  The event features all sizes and several brands. For more information, see the event web page at http://www.eaganhs.portal.rschooltoday.com.

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Construction continues on a group of buildings between Quarry and Yankee Doodle roads that includes senior housing, a hotel, a supermarket and a new credit union building. Meanwhile, demolition continued at the McDonald's restaurant on Erin Drive, near Cliff Road. The restaurant, which recently caught fire during demolition, is being razed to build a more modern restaurant.
Art Works Eagan Offers Nude Model Sessions
  Art Works Eagan will be hosting drawing sessions with a live nude model Thursday nights and Saturday mornings beginning May 12. Sessions cost $10 each and preregistration is recommended. There is a code of conduct, including not asking the model out. For more information, see https://www.awe.mn/figure-drawing-co-op.

Woman charged with shoplifting at Home Depot

Burnsville Remains Identified
  Human remains found near the Minnesota River in Burnsville April 22 have been identified as a Burnsville woman reported missing in February. Burnsville Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman, Elizabeth Perrault, 41, of Burnsville.
  “Our thoughts go out to the family of this individual,” said Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke. “Any loss of life is a tragedy, and we are allocating all of the resources necessary in this investigation to determine what happened.”
  Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Burnsville Police Detective Jeffrey Klingfus at 952-895-4635.  
    A Fridley woman was arrested and held in the Dakota County jail based on allegations she shoplifted batteries from the Eagan Home Depot store.
  Kala Gillan, 23, of 8051 E. River Road, Fridley, has been charged with felony possession of shoplifting gear and misdemeanor theft of $500 or less, according to a criminal complaint.
  The charges stem from an April 25 report to Eagan Police of a theft in progress at about 1 p.m. Police confronted Gillan in the store’s parking lot and recovered two lithium ion batteries used for power tools with a stated value of $219 each. Investigators allege the batteries had been covered with aluminum foil to defeat the attached anti-theft devices.
Lakeville woman charged with public assistance fraud
   A Lakeville woman is facing a felony theft charge for alleged housing assistance fraud.
  Deeann Bailey, 39, of 17485 Gettysburg Way, Lakeville, is scheduled to appear in Dakota County district court May 14 on a felony charge of theft by false representation. Baily is accused making false statements and producing forged documents to support an application for housing assistance from the Community Development Agency (CDA).
  Investigators allege Bailey misrepresented her income during the application process in August 2017. Investigators also allege failed to report an August 2017 arrest for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia then presented a forged letter purporting to be from a law enforcement agency claiming the arrest was a mistake.
  Bailey is also accused of forging a letter from CDA to her landlord claiming the CDA would pay rent Bailey had not paid, according to the criminal complaint. The CDA alleges Bailey falsely received $4,476 in benefits.