Late robbery report proves costly for victim, local music business

by Justin Costley

Minneapolis Police responded to a report of a burglary Oct. 20 at a residence at 1112 16th Ave. S.E.
Though it wasn’t reported until 9:40 p.m., the burglary occurred during the day between 10:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., when resident Jennifer Fedenko returned home and noticed some compact discs missing.
Police reports state $101 and 87 discs were stolen, some of which were then sold to CD Warehouse in Dinkytown.
Store manager Michael Ward said someone sold the discs to CD Warehouse sometime Friday afternoon.
Fedenko, a former employee of the store, called Ward after the burglary took place and asked about some specific compact disc titles.
After informing her he had some of the same titles, she came in and identified some of the compact discs as her own, Ward said.
She then reported the crime to the police, who inventoried the stolen discs and are investigating the theft.
Ward said CD Warehouse buys back numerous discs and pays up to $5 depending on condition, popularity and other factors.
He added he doesn’t know how much money the business lost in the sale at this point, but there aren’t many precautions a business can take to prevent buying potentially stolen materials.
“It’s not something that regularly occurs,” Ward said. “There’s really nothing you can do other than take the person’s identification when they sell CDs.”
Ward said he does this for every transaction including the bogus one on Friday. He turned all the evidence over to police, but has yet to speak with an investigator.

In other police news:
University Police responded to an arson and property damage report Oct. 19 at Territorial Hall.
Police reports state the name sign on the dorm room door of Leigh Thomas had been set on fire. The door was damaged as well as the carpeting below when the sign fell to the floor.
The incident occurred between 10:10 and 10:15 p.m. Thursday. It was reported to police shortly after.
Police have no suspects at this time.

Justin Costley covers police and courts and welcomes comments at [email protected] He can also be reached at (612) 627-4070 x3224