Short-Lived Crime Spree Ends With a Man Hiding in a Shed

Short-Lived Crime Spree Ends With a Man Hiding in a Shed

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After three armed home invasions and a car theft, police in Greenfield, MN finally found and arrested the man responsible, who was hiding in a shed.

According to NBC affiliate TMJ 4, the unidentified man first broke into a home in the 440 block of South 50th Street, threatened the homeowner with a gun, and stole a car, which he crashed into a tree a short distance away.

“He had the gun in his hand. As he turned and changed directions, that’s when I saw the gun,” said a neighbor who witnessed incident told TMJ 4. “[He said to me] ‘get back in the house.'”

After crashing the vehicle, the perpetrator fled the scene and broke into another home in the 4300 block of South 47th Street, where he attempted a car jacking. He then broke into yet another home before hiding from police in a shed.

A shed is usually a one-story structure in a garden or on a property for the purpose of hobbying or storing bulky items, but they could actually end up serving as a refuge for fleeing criminals.

The incident in Greenfield isn’t the only recent case of an armed criminal using a shed as a hiding place from the police. According to the Ledger-Enquirer, two men were arrested after a home invasion and burglary in Columbus, OH.

Two men, William Benny Ewing, 42, and Keenen Markie Coty, 22, entered the home of Charlene Tolbert around 6:30 am. One pointed at her with a gun and motioned for her to lay on the floor.

“I figured he wanted me to get down,” Tolbert told The Ledger-Enquirer.

Tolbert was later found still on the floor, bound with zip ties, and a coat thrown over her head. Tolbert’s son, who arrived to pick her up that morning struggled with the men before they fled the home. Ewing was found in another home, but Coty was hiding in a shed in the backyard on the property.

Both men face an array of charges: aggravated assault, burglary, home invasion, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and others.

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