Maplewood police say investigators have identified suspects in Black Friday Best Buy mass thefts
Police launched investigations after groups of people stole high-end items during store hours at three Twin Cities Best Buy locations last week
December 2, 2021
Police say investigators have identified suspects in three mass "grab-and-run" thefts on Black Friday at Best Buy stores in Maplewood, Burnsville and Blaine, and described the crime spree as a "coordinated effort."
Maplewood police Lt. Joe Steiner, joined by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans, said officials believe the three incidents were linked. Approximately $7,000 in merchandise was stolen from the Maplewood location, including large flat-screen televisions, tablets and hoverboards. Evans said similar amounts were stolen from the other two stores.
"Through our investigation we've learned that the group responsible for the coordinated thefts in Maplewood is also responsible for the thefts just prior to our incident at the Best Buy in Blaine, Minnesota," Steiner said. "The same group, we've learned, is also responsible for mass theft in Burnsville at their Best Buy just after ours."