A former Ramsey County investigator accused of obtaining stolen items from pawn shops and selling them to other pawn shops is under investigation of the Washington County Sheriff's Office due to a conflict of interest.
Tom Rudenick retired from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office back in February, and is under investigation for possibly committing one of the crimes he used to investigate. After his retirement, Rudenick left a number of cases that were unresolved or their status unknown to his coworkers.
Documents say Sgt. Brenda Brozik of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office took items left in his office and gave them to fellow investigators to review.
According to a search warrant, Rudenick located stolen jewelry at Pawn America in Coon Rapids, Minn. which includes a three diamond pendant necklace, a dolphin tail pendant necklace, an angel pendant necklace, and a heart pendant necklace. The items were pawned in June of 2012 and were confiscated by Rudenick a month later.
Other files of Rudenicks indicated two more items, a 14 karat yellow gold necklace and a 14 karat yellow gold men's bracelet, which were pawned at Lincoln Pawn in Spring Lake Park in May of 2012 and confiscated by Rudenick two months after.
According to the search warrant, the signatures on the confiscation notices are consistent with Rudenick's signature on his Minnesota driver's license.
An Automated Pawn System (APS) check has shown Rudenick has pawned numerous items of jewelry spanning from February to May of this year. Some of those items were placed on hold, taken and placed into evidence at the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Rudenick pawned certain items at different pawn shops across the state such as a Pawn America in Duluth, and a Pawn America in Roseville. All of these items were taken in 2012 and then sold this year, according to APS records.
Most of the items have been pawned, except two items not yet located by investigators, the three diamond pendant and the angel pendant.