Crime blotter: 57-year-old Minneapolis resident bowls, gets drunk--and steals things

class=img_thumbleft>On November 19 at 11:24 a.m. Brooklyn Center police officers were dispatched to AMF Earle Brown Lanes. The responding cops were informed that there had been a series of thefts from rental lockers in recent weeks. The manager of the bowling alley stated that four individuals had lost items valued at a total of $1,155.35.

According to a criminal complaint filed today in Hennepin County District Court, in response the manager of the bowling alley had set up a hidden surveillance camera near the rental lockers. On November 13, shortly after 10 p.m., the video camera recorded a gentleman, subsequently identified as Richard Lee Peters, removing a large ring of keys from his pocket and opening several lockers. According to the complaint, the tape shows Peters removing two bowling balls, a bag, and a pair of shoes from locker number 76. He subsequently places the items in his own locker, number 113. The bowling alley manager informed the police that Peters is a frequent bowler who competes in leagues twice a week.

On December 29 officers executed a search warrant at Peters' residence on the 4300 block of James Avenue North in Minneapolis. They recovered a purple Columbia bowling bag, a Tornado bowling ball, a pair of white and purple bowling shoes, a 15-pound red and black bowling ball, and a right hand wrist guard. They also recovered a key ring with nine keys on it.

Peters was arrested and transported to the Brooklyn Center Police Department. According to the criminal complaint, Peters admitted stealing numerous items from the bowling alley in the preceding months. The suspect stated that he gets drunk and steal things.

Peters has been charged with one count of theft and one count of receiving stolen property. According to records maintained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the 57-year-old has no prior felony convictions.