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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.”

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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