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Charges: Serial thief brandished hatchet at Eagan Target worker

Authorities say the man committed a string of retail thefts and is now in custody.

A man who's accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of items from two Target stores in Dakota County is now facing felony charges of theft and threatening violence.

The suspect, 28-year-old Daniel Joseph McCarthy, is believed to have hit stores in Inver Grove Heights, Roseville, Shoreview, and Eagan, a criminal complaint says.

In the Inver Grove Heights theft, which took place in late January, prosecutors say McCarthy entered the store, filled a duffel bag with web cams and two laptop computers, then walked out. It was a haul worth over a thousand dollars.

The next theft happened a few days later at the Eagan Target, but this time, the suspect was approached by an employee while leaving the store — and "raised a hatchet that he had brought with him" towards her. 

She kept her distance, and the thief made off with stolen phones and a Dyson vacuum, which represented a loss of more than $1,800. 

After loss prevention employees informed authorities about the incidents, investigators were able to find the items listed for sale on websites, which led them to McCarthy's fiancee.

The fiancee, referred to in the charges only as "J.M.," owned the accounts associated with the postings but denied having received any profit from the sales, and identified McCarthy in surveillance photos from the Target thefts.

In early February, the suspect himself was arrested after fleeing a police officer in a stolen vehicle in Inver Grove Heights, a second criminal complaint says. 

McCarthy is charged with "Threats of Violence (Intent to Terrorize)," motor vehicle theft, aggravated theft (in relation to the Target incidents) and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, all felonies carrying the possibility of several years in prison. 

He's currently in custody in the Dakota County jail. 

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