Man pleads guilty, sentenced on $6,000 theft at RWAA
The man accused last month of stealing nearly $6,000 worth of merchandise from the Red Wing Arts Association pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary Friday in Goodhue County District Court.
Eugene Joseph Bluemke, 49, no permanent address, was sentenced to 60 days in prison and five years to Minnesota Department of Corrections — field services. Charges of felony theft as well as fourth-degree property damage and trespass — both misdemeanors — were dismissed.
Bluemke, who was kicked off an Amtrak train prior to the theft at the Red Wing Depot, was originally confronted by police after they received a report of someone taking money from a donation jar at SJ’s Gourmet Subs.
Authorities investigating the burglary at the Depot reported a lot of blood on the scene and officers questioning Bluemke saw he had a “poorly bandaged” arm along with dried blood.
Police asked Bluemke if they could search a backpack he carried with him, according to the criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court. Authorities said he consented, at which time they found a wireless router with a broken antenna along with a plastic bag containing a large number of jewelry items.
“Inside the backpack were dozens of individually priced pieces of jewelry,” the complaint states. “A tally of the asking prices of the items was nearly $6,000.”