Bookstore Over Banks

The Anoka Ramsey bookstore is taped off as police investigate the crime scene.

The Anoka Ramsey bookstore is taped off as police investigate the crime scene.

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Bookstore Over Banks

A group of people steal over $1 million worth of books

By Terry Benedict

The Anoka Ramsey bookstore is taped off as police investigate the crime scene.

On April 1, the Anoka Ramsey Community College bookstore was the target of the largest heist in Coon Rapids history. The group of 11 bandits walked away from the heist with nearly $2 million of merchandise. The heist occurred during school hours. Many questions have aroused on how the robbers pulled this heist off.

Among the items taken were the textbooks for the upcoming fall semester except the Intro to Public Speaking in the Third Person books. The surveillance cameras showed the group scaling the roofs ultimately entering the building through the air ducts. The group now infamously named the Anoka 11, turned off all the security cameras and motion sensors and completed their heist.

Jason Thomas manager of the bookstore stated, “We went to get our weekly free bread and came back and all of the books were gone. We couldn’t have been gone longer than five minutes.”

It’s unclear why the Anoka Ramsey Community College was the target of such an elaborate heist. New security measures have now been added to make sure a heist will not happen again. The college has consulted with many security firms on how they can improve their security.

The bookstore has been taped off as an official crime scene. Police have canvased the area searching for evidence.

Sargent Daniel Ocean claims, “This is the largest heist I have ever seen. We have seen a trend where criminals realize bookstore have more cash value then banks.”

Other than Anoka Ramsey hoodies being sold on the black market there have been no new leads in this investigation. It’s unknown whether the Anoka 11 will strike again at another college. The Coon Rapids police urge anyone to contact them if they have any information that will lead to an arrest.

Witnesses have worked with police to get a rough sketch of what the burglars looked like.