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A big shoplifting bust lead to a generous donation Tuesday, as piles of clothes stolen from Macy�s were given to needy Twin Cities women. But the act of kindness became overshadowed with a photo opportunity for the Hennepin County Sheriff�s Department.
"We're going to make some women very happy and make some great partnerships out in the community," said Hennepin County Sheriff Rick Stanek said in front of a sea of cameras and reporters.
However, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned that neither Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek nor his department had any role in the investigation.
In fact, two other law enforcement agencies conducted the entire investigation.
"The Hennepin County Sheriff�s Office had nothing to do with it, so that's what blew me away," said former Edina Police Detective Brandon Deshler.
Deshler retired from the Edina Police Department one year ago. One of his last cases was this shoplifting bust. Deshler helped seize nearly $185,000 worth of Macy�s merchandise found at a Shakopee home in 2006.
"It was the biggest one I�d ever done," Deshler told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
He sent several pictures he took during the case � showing huge piles of women�s clothing. Some of the same articles of clothing that Sheriff Stanek posed with Tuesday.
Stanek and Macy�s donated the recovered clothes to a group called Ready for Success. The non-profit organization provides low-income women with suitable clothing for the workplace.
Deshler supports the cause. But he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he was upset the credit wasn�t given to the case-solvers: Edina Police officers and Scott County Deputies.
"Let's give credit where credit is due," Deshler said.
This isn't surprising from the star of 20 days in August.