UPDATE (5:45 a.m., Dec. 5, 2012): An intoxicated man was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after witnesses inside the shop, including a St. Croix County Sheriff's deputy, say he used a shovel to smash a truck window and try to pry his way into the back door of St. Croix Cigar Co. for a pack of cigarettes.
Goldyray D. Yeazle, 31, of New Richmond, was arrested and faces felony charges of burglary and possession of burglarious tools, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property, according to court records.
According to the criminal complaint, Yeazle smashed a truck window in the alley behind the shop and was using the shovel on the back door just after 4 a.m., but he didn't know anyone was inside the shop at the time.
"Luckily for us, one of our employees who happens to be an St. Croix County Sheriff's deputy, was inside enjoying a cigar," said shop employee Kevin Gharrity. "Needless to say, it was a bad night to be a bad guy."
According to the criminal complaint, Yeazle tried to buy cigarettes at the shop earlier that evening and said he felt wronged because the store wouldn't sell him cigarettes that he couldn't pay for.
Damage to the business was estimated at $290 while damage to the truck was estimated at $350.
ORIGINAL POST (8:18 a.m., Dec. 4, 2012): Multiple Hudson Police officers and St. Croix County Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary in progess at St. Croix Cigar Co. just after 4 a.m. on Tuesday, and found a man trying to get into the shop using a shovel, according to Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen.
Goldyray D. Yeazle, 31, of New Richmond, was taken into custody as a suspect in the incident. He faces felony charges of burglary and possession of burglarious tools, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property, according to court records. Bond has been set at $10,000.
Additional information was added to this post at 10:12 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.