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September 2, 2013

Bank drop robber arrested again

Man arrested in Mankato after being DOC fugitive

MANKATO — A Mankato man who served three years in prison for his part in a bank drop robbery has been arrested again for violating his parole.

Thomas Kendricks III, 23, was arrested in Mankato's downtown area Wednesday afternoon by a Mankato police officer who saw him and recognized him, according to Blue Earth County Jail records. The Minnesota Department of Corrections had issued a warrant for Kendricks' arrest. Those records did not say why Kendricks had become a DOC fugitive.

He and Aaron Jay Burzynski, 21, were each sentenced to five years in prison for robbing a restaurant manager while he was making a nightly bank drop. Burzynski worked for the manager and gave Kendricks the information about when and where the manager would be with the restaurant's bank bag, which contained about $1,500 in cash. The victim called 911 from his car, but the robbers escaped before police arrived.

Kendricks, who was wearing a mask, had robbed the manager at gunpoint while two juveniles waited in a getaway vehicle. Burzynski then met Kendricks and the juveniles at a downtown Mankato apartment to split the cash.

Kendricks and Burzynski were arrested after they robbed a cab driver on Feb. 8, 2010. That victim told police he had been robbed at gunpoint while picking up a customer in the 200 block of North Fifth Street. Investigators learned the driver had been called to that location by the robbers.

In June 2010 Kendricks was sentenced to 58 months in prison. With credit for good time and time he had already served in jail, he was released on June 4 after serving just over three years in prison. He was on supervised release in Blue Earth County before his arrest. He still owes about $950 in restitution and fines.

Burzynski was sentenced to 58 months in prison in August 2010. He was released on Nov. 1, 2012, after serving just over two years in prison. He remains on supervised work release in Blue Earth County. He owes about $250 in restitution and court fines.

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