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Three Charged After Camera Thefts at Best Buy in Eden Prairie

Police arrested them after a 'lengthy and dangerous pursuit.'

Three people from Brooklyn, NY, have been charged with aggrevated theft, a felony, after police say they took cameras from Best Buy in Eden Prairie.

Travis Arnald Haynes, 23; Durrell Simon Hibbert, 28; and Tanya Vanessa McFarlane, 27 were charged on Feb. 5, according to criminal complaints written by Officer Christopher Millard of the Eden Prairie Police Department.

According to the complaints:

Eden Prairie Police responded to Best Buy at about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 3, after store employees reported that two men and a woman cut security wires from cameras. The three of them then put the cameras in the woman's purse and left the store without paying for them. The store had surveillance video of the thefts of more than $7,000 in merchandise.

Police arrived just as the three people—later identified as Haynes, Hibbert and McFarlane—left in a 2012 Ford Fusion with an Oregon license plate. After what Millard described as a "lengthy and dangerous pursuit," police stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Valley View Road and Prairie Center Drive.

Inside police found eight digital cameras, and Hibbert had a pair of wire cutters and Best Buy price tags, according to the complaint.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has charged each with one count of aggrevated theft over $5,000, which carries a maximum penalty of 0 to 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine.

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