A St. Paul man has been charged with stealing barber equipment and clothing out of a car in Southwest Minneapolis, then refusing to “snitch” on his friends, whom police say were also involved in the theft.
Mohamed Sharif Abdulkadir, 33, is charged with felony theft, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by Minneapolis Police Sgt. Michael Heyer, police were called to the 3500 block of Holmes Avenue South just before 2 a.m. Aug. 15 on a theft report.
The victim and a friend told officers that they heard noises coming from the victim’s car, which was parked on the street. They looked outside and saw several people rummaging through the car.
The victim’s friend went outside, followed the victim, and confronted the group. Several of them climbed out of the victim’s car, holding property that belonged to her, and got into a waiting SUV, which sped away.
A man later identified as Abdulkadir tried unsuccessfully to jump into the SUV’s back seat, but he was left behind.
The victim told police that she kept professional barber equipment in the car, including barber’s scissors, clippers and edgers, along with a “substantial amount” of clothing. She showed officers receipts indicating that the value of the hairstyling equipment and clothing stolen from her car exceeded $1,000.
Abdulkadir refused to identify the people who drove away in the SUV, telling police that he didn’t want to be a “snitch,” according to the complaint.
Abdulkadir has been released from custody on a $5,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Sept. 26 in Hennepin County District Court.