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October 4, 2013

Hotel maid arrested for theft

Three other victims tied to same suspect during investigation

MANKATO — A maid who is accused of stealing cash and checks from guests at downtown Mankato's Hilton Garden Inn was arrested Thursday after the Minnesota Timberwolves director of security reported a member of the team's staff was a victim.

Steve Tachney, the hotel's manager, called police to report the theft and to tell police they had a suspect. A police officer met with Tachney and Bob Goedderz, the team's security director, at the hotel. Goedderz told the officer a member of the team's equipment crew was missing most of the expense money he had been provided for the Timberwolves training camp in Mankato.

The victim, who is only identifed as C.J. in the criminal complaint, reported he had $469 in cash in an envelope when he left for the training camp at Minnesota State University Wednesday morning. He said he brought $4 with him in case he wanted to purchase anything out of a vending machine. The rest of the cash was put inside an inside pocket of an athletic bag.

Tachney reported an audit showed Shaiquice Shaneil Green, 32, of North Mankato had been assigned to clean the room. Her housekeeping key wasn't used to enter the room, but a key that she would have had access to was used. She had also cleaned the rooms on each side of the victim's room, Tachney reported.

Green was taken to the Public Safety Center for questioning. She denied taking the money, saying someone else could have entered the room because she sometimes leaves the doors to rooms propped open while cleaning them. The officer eventually looked down at Green's purse, which was sitting on the floor, and saw a personal check with the victim's name on it.

The officer then searched the purse and found a check with another person's name on it and the credit card and security code information for a third person, the complaint said. The officer also was contacted again by Tachney, who reported another hotel guest was missing two checks. One of the checks had been made out to Green for $525 and had been cashed at a Mankato bank.

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