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Worthington man faces charges of theft, fleeing an officer

WORTHINGTON -- Alex Vela Robinson, 44, of Worthington, has been charged with felony-level theft and fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, following an alleged incident in November of last year. According to c...

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WORTHINGTON - Alex Vela Robinson, 44, of Worthington, has been charged with felony-level theft and fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, following an alleged incident in November of last year.
According to court records, the Worthington Police Department received a report of theft from a local retailer in mid-December. A review of surveillance footage from November revealed a white male taking two computers from a shelf and leaving the store without paying for them. The two computers were valued at a total of $1,089. Video surveillance footage also showed the vehicle in which the alleged perpetrator left.
The vehicle was registered to an individual other than Robinson. After speaking with the owner of the vehicle and others, officers were able to identify the man in the surveillance footage as Robinson.
Earlier this week, an officer arrived at Robinson’s home to make the arrest. The officer was permitted inside the home by Robinson. Not properly dressed for cold weather, the officer permitted Robinson to put on warmer clothing and, while doing so, Robinson asked the officer to inform his mother he was being arrested. As the officer went to speak with the woman, the officer heard Robinson running through the kitchen and down the basement stairs.
The officer thought he’d observed a weapon at the bottom of the stairs and called for backup. Robinson was instructed to come out, but did not respond initially. When backup arrived, the officer brought in a K-9 officer. Robinson then agreed to come out and was arrested without further incident.
Robinson was transported to Nobles County Jail and agreed to give a statement. He denied the man in the photograph from the surveillance footage was him. He also denied knowledge of where the computers were or having been in the vehicle in the footage. When asked why he’d ran from police, Robinson said he didn’t want to go back to jail and continued to hide because of the K-9 officer. Robinson added he eventually realized there was no point in hiding and complied with law enforcement.
If convicted, felony level theft carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.
Robinson is currently in the Nobles County Jail and will make his next court appearance in early February.

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