Champlin Man Charged with Stealing Copper from Fridley Business

Updated: 06/12/2014 1:03 PM By: Jennie Olson

Thirty-three-year-old Henry Andrew Shanks of Champlin
Thirty-three-year-old Henry Andrew Shanks of Champlin
Photo: Photo: Anoka County Sheriff's Office

A Champlin man has been charged after allegedly stealing copper from a Fridley company.

Fridley police officers were called to the 4600 block of Main Street Northeast in Fridley on Saturday, May 24, after an employee saw a man inside the company’s storage yard. The employee said the man was wearing dark clothes and was carrying a backpack.

When officers arrived, they found a man who tried to run away, but he eventually surrendered and said his partner was still inside the storage yard, according to the criminal complaint.

Police then used a K-9 officer to track the man inside the yard, who was later identified as 33-year-old Henry Andrew Shanks of Champlin. They say he was found hiding inside an electrical box.

Police said Shanks refused to surrender, even when they used a K-9 officer, a Taser and chemical aerosol. They say he climbed on top of the metal electrical box and ran on top of them to escape. They were finally able to take him into custody by using the Taser.

Police said they found power tools in the area where the suspect had been hiding.

Employees inspected the area and said large copper bands had been removed from the unit. The cost to repair or replace the damaged items is more than $1,000.

Shanks has been charged with first-degree criminal damage to property and possession of burglary or theft tools. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the damage charge and up to three years in prison and $5,000 in fines on the possession charge.