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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Rich Stanek Claims Credit for Edina Police Departments Shoplifting Bust

KSTP has the story.

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.


Newsie said...

Good morning Lloydletta,

I appreciate your diligence in trying to help spread the news. All good journalists know though, you must make sure to check your sources, and when you are reporting something that might be seen as controversial - make sure you have more than just one source before you report a story.

Macy's refutes this story STRONGLY and so does the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

Macy's came to the Sheriff's Office in January and ASKED the Sheriff's Office to find a good home for all of the clothing that was sitting in a warehouse for a very long time after a shoplifting bust.

Macy's would not - even after many questions from the Sheriff's Office - offer details to the Sheriff's Office regarding the investigation. The Sheriff's Office asked more than one Macy's representative several times for the details - but Macy's wanted the story to be about GIVING not the investigation.

The investigators who made the bust two years ago received credit in the media for their great work. Again, this week's story was ONLY about GIVING.

Sheriff Stanek did NOT know who made the bust and had his staff ask Macy's several times to gather that information for him - but Macy's did not want to talk about the investigation because the focus of this week's story was GIVING.

These are important details that KSTP had Tuesday night before they went with the story - but KSTP decided not to report the REAL story. KSTP is to blame for taking the focus off the non-profit Ready for Success, NOT Sheriff Stanek.

The good news this morning: even with KSTP's mud-slinging story, Ready for Success says because of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office work in facilitating this request and because the Sheriff's Office chose this very worthy non-profit -- Ready for Success is being flooded this week with donations.

This is EXACTLY why Macys's and the Sheriff's Office did the story - to place attention on this wonderful non-profit that helps people find and secure jobs so they can feed their families.

Great work Macy's and Sheriff Rich Stanek.

lloydletta said...

Newsie, why leave an anonymous comment. Are you the Sheriff's spokesperson?

BD said...

Those of you that still have any interest in this story may want to check into a former Dayton's/Marshall Field's/Macy's loss prevention agent by the name of "Melissa" whi was involved with me in this case, and who went on to marry a Hennepin County Sherrif's Deputy........
Brandon Deshler
Edina Police (retired)