Charges: Man in clown mask caught stealing catalytic converters from Blaine dealership

Police found the suspect under a vehicle with catalytic converters in his bag, charges say.
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Matthew Jacoboski

A 33-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of wearing a clown mask to hide his identity while stealing catalytic converters from vehicles at a dealership in Blaine. 

Matthew Jacoboski was charged in Anoka County District Court on Wednesday with one count of first-degree criminal damage to property and one count of possession of burglary or theft tools in connection to the Feb. 22 incident. 

According to the criminal complaint, police responded to Metro Auto Sales on Baltimore Street NE in Blaine at 11:10 p.m. on Feb. 22 after one or two people were spotted on camera going underneath cars to steal catalytic converters. 

When police arrived, they found Jacoboski underneath a car trying to remove a catalytic converter from a vehicle using a "Hypertough" cordless saw, the complaint states. 

Jacoboski was in a clown mask, charges say. He then admitted police caught him "red-handed."

Police located a bag Jacoboski admitted to owning, the complaint says. Inside were two catalytic converters that had been taken from vehicles, his cell phone and personal items. 

The owner of the dealership estimates it will cost $2,400 to repair the damage to the two vehicles, charges state. 

Jacoboski was also recently charged with drug offenses. In an Anoka County criminal complaint posted Feb. 22, it said on June 9, 2020, Blaine police stopped Jacoboski and found methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in the car he was driving. 

In that incident, he was charged with two counts of fifth-degree drug possession. 

In 2019, he was also charged in Anoka County with receiving stolen property (motor vehicle), possession of burglary or theft tools and first-degree criminal damage to property. In that case, he was accused of removing a catalytic converter from a truck.

In the most recent case, Jacoboski was released from jail on Feb. 24, jail records show. There were no details on bail listed. 

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