Police make arrest in 36th & Bryant vandalism incidents

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July 17, 2012 by Sarah M

// By Tim Sturrock //

A 26-year-old Minneapolis man has been arrested and charged with first degree damage to property following a spate of vandalism of two businesses at 36th & Bryant in February and June.

Hennepin County District Court charged Matthew Aaron Christenson Friday one month after the latest in four similar attacks on Calhoun Pet Supply, 901 W. 36th St., and Kyle’s Market, 826 W. 36th St. which saw their store front windows smashed. He is specifically charged in the June 12 attack on Kyle’s, but police say the incidents are all related.

Hennepin County District Court charged Matthew Aaron Christenson Friday one month after the latest in four similar attacks on Calhoun Pet Supply, 901 W. 36th St., and Kyle’s Market, 826 W. 36th St. which saw their store front windows smashed.

According the criminal complaint, Christenson became a suspect in the case after a man identifying himself as “Matt” called the businesses’ owner requesting that they meet in a nearby park, saying “This is why your store is all messed up, because you are selling tainted cigarettes.”

Christenson later told police that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but did not take his medication because he believed it too had been tainted, the complaint said.

Security video footage shows Christenson at the store after the most recent vandalism asking about its cigarettes, the complaint said. Christenson also later visited the 5th Precinct headquarters and complained about the cigarettes and following a search of his apartment, police found a large mallet with pieces of glass in its handle, according to the complaint.

“Hopefully, this puts to rest the whole situation. I know the residents and the store owners were on edge about this,” Fifth Precinct Insp. Matt Clark said, explaining that the case posed challenges early on due to a lack of leads.

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