ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Investigators say they believe 35-year-old Deondre Cush has broken into and stolen money from more than 80 mainly small businesses in the Metro area in less than a year.
Ramsey County court documents outline dozens of burglaries in the jurisdiction spanning from August 2019 to July 2019. Most of the businesses investigators say Cush targeted were small, independent businesses and restaurants.
Most of the burglaries outlined in court documents follow the same pattern: He used a tool to break a door or a window of a business, enter that business and steal cash from a register or safe. In court documents, investigators noted surveillance video from the scene of the burglaries as evidence they were done by the same person.
According to court documents Cush’s burglary spree started in August of 2018 when investigators say he smashed windows and took cash from four different businesses in the east metro.
After investigators say Cush committed several dozen burglaries throughout the county, in April, Cush was arrested for burglary after police pulled him over as he was leave the scene of a burglary at Bay Street Grill in St. Paul.
At that time investigators searched his cell phone and found several instances where he was searching for things like “coffee shops near me” and getting directions to businesses investigators say he burglarized.
According to court documents, Cush pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree and was released while he awaited sentencing scheduled for this month.
Court documents list eight more burglaries they believe Cush committed after he was released. The last documented burglary was at Tavial Grill in St. Paul in July.
A list of businesses Ramsey County investigators say Cush burglarized include:
- Café Cravings
- Coffee Bene
- Joe and Stan’s in St. Paul
- Cho Cho Bob’s Store
- Hampden Park Co-Op
- Cold Front Coffee and Ice Cream
- Izzy’s Ice Cream St. Paul
- Groundswell Café
- Finnish Bistro
- J. Selby
- Mucci’s Italian
Cush’s previous criminal history includes seven previous felony convictions including aiding an offender in murder. He has also been convicted for another burglary charge, theft, drug charges and stalking.
Cush is scheduled to appear in Ramsey County Court on Wednesday.