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Published June 18, 2012, 02:28 PM

Five arrested for allegedly selling stolen goods to Fargo pawn shop

FARGO – Police say tips from an alert pawn shop employee led to the arrests of five people suspected of trying to pawn stolen items within a couple of hours Friday.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM, Forum Staff Reports, inforum.com

FARGO – Police say tips from an alert pawn shop employee led to the arrests of five people suspected of trying to pawn stolen items within a couple of hours Friday.

The employee contacted police at about noon Friday as two men were attempting to sell a trumpet that was allegedly shoplifted the previous day from Eckroth Music, Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said. The trumpet is valued at $1,900, he said.

Officers arrived and arrested Mathew Tyler Robak, 23, of Fargo, and Kristopher Daniel Wilkins Sr., 27, no permanent address, on suspicion of possession of stolen property and shoplifting.

About an hour later, the employee called police again about three people trying to pawn power tools suspected to be stolen.

Arrested were Joshua Michael Miller, 20, Riki Lynn Croaker, 20, and Kayla Mae Croaker, 21, all of McIntosh, Minn., in Polk County.

Vettel said the tools were tied to at least three local burglaries.

Fargo pawn shops are required to log pawned items into LeadsOnline, a national database used by law enforcement to track stolen goods, Vettel said. Most arrests are made after the items are already pawned and the suspects have left the store, but occasionally a clerk will suspect items are stolen and contact police, he said.

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