Minn. man accused of stealing SUV from Hudson driveway
A Minneapolis man allegedly had an older pickup truck he'd stolen from Ohio, but a girl with him said they went to Hudson where "it's easier to steal cars from there."
Authorities said in a criminal complaint that the man did just that, and drove a 2-year-old SUV out of a Hudson driveway that was loaded with belongings he'd snatched from other parked cars.
The suspect, 18-year-old Mohamed A. Mohamud, made his initial court appearance June 12 in St. Croix County Circuit Court on charges of operating a vehicle without owner's consent (repeater), felony theft, possession of a firearm by a felon (repeater) and felony bail jumping. Judge Michael Waterman initially set Mohamud's bail at $5,000 cash but reduced it to $500 cash after a June 18 preliminary hearing where the judge bound the case over for trial.
Mohamud also has open felony cases in Dunn and Trempealeau counties, where he is charged with felon in possession of a firearm, felony theft, auto theft, fleeing police and forgery.
According to the St. Croix County criminal complaint:
Washington County (Minn.) sheriff's deputies investigating a gas drive-off Oct. 20, 2017, learned the vehicle was registered to a Hudson couple. Hudson police spoke with the wife, who reported it stolen, saying it should have been parked in their driveway; it was last seen there the previous night.
The SUV was found later on Oct. 20 in Minneapolis, where police found a 14-year-old girl in the front passenger seat and a man later identified as Mohamud in the backseat holding keys for the vehicle. Also in the SUV was a .270-caliber rifle, a box of ammunition and a hunting knife; Mohamud was found with a .270 rifle cartridge in his pocket.
The vehicle also contained two backpacks that contained belongings listed to other people.
One of those men, a Lake Elmo resident, had reported the theft of his backpack, along with a laptop computer and an iPad, from his vehicle. Police next learned other items in the SUV belonged to the Lake Elmo man's neighbor.
Hudson police then learned a Hudson woman reported her wallet missing on Oct. 20. It had been in her vehicle parked in her driveway. Police noted that she lived a block away from the Hudson couple whose SUV was stolen from their driveway.
The contents of the Hudson woman's missing wallet were found on the lawn of one of the Lake Elmo victims' homes.
Police interviewed the 14-year-old girl found in the stolen SUV. She told officers Mohamud picked her up in an older pickup he told her he'd stolen in Ohio. The girl said he also showed her a gun he claimed to have stolen from a vehicle.
Mohamud then told the girl he needed money and planned on "car shopping" — a term she said meant stealing things from parked cars.
From there, they went to Hudson because "it's easier to steal cars from there." The girl told police Mohamud parked the truck and returned with backpacks, an iPad, a computer, an iPhone and a woman's wallet.
They stopped one more time, ditched the pickup and stole the SUV, a 2015 Chevy Traverse. She said Mohamud then drove around Hudson stealing backpacks and electronics from other parked cars before going back to Lake Elmo for gas.
Mohamud was also interviewed by police but denied being in Hudson with the 14-year-old girl. He claimed she showed him the gun but "he had no knowledge that the car was stolen until there was a flashlight shining in the window."
Mohamud's arraignment was set for July 13 in St. Croix County.