Alleged bookstore thief falls off cliff while fleeing security

A St. Paul man fell off the Mississippi River Bluffs Tuesday afternoon while fleeing Coffman Union bookstore security in an alleged theft, a police report stated.

Ian Larson

A St. Paul man fell off the Mississippi River Bluffs Tuesday afternoon while fleeing Coffman Union bookstore security in an alleged theft, a police report stated. The 29-year-old man fell over the bluffs while struggling with Coffman Union bookstore security personnel who chased after him when he fled the store with two textbooks. University of Minnesota Police formed a perimeter and began searching the bluffs and rocky riverbank south of the Washington Avenue Bridge, according to a police report. Police found the man hiding among the rocks and vegetation, but were unable to extract him without a Minneapolis Fire Department boat, according to the report. He was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center for injuries sustained in the fall. Check mndaily.com for updates