Southern Minnesota man allegedly seen on video stealing more than 1,000 pills from Renville County pharmacy
When Spencer Sternhagen's southern Minnesota home was searched, authorities found clothing that appeared to match those of a man seen on video breaking into a Renville County pharmacy and stealing hundreds of prescription drugs. He's now facing drug possession and burglary charges.
OLIVIA — The theft of more than 1,000 pills from a Renville County pharmacy has led to charges against a Freeborn County man.
Spencer Troy Sternhagen, 32, of Emmons, made a first appearance in Renville County District Court on charges of first-degree drug possession, second-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft.
His next court date is Feb. 24.
He was ordered held on bail of $100,000 for release with no conditions or $50,000 for release with conditions. He was released from jail in January.
In November 2020, a window was broken at the Thrifty White Pharmacy in Renville, and 1,079 dosage units of controlled substances were reported stolen.
On surveillance video, a man alleged to be Sternhagen was seen on video surveillance entering the Thrifty White Pharmacy through a broken window. Video also showed him inside the store. He’s alleged to have taken the drugs, which included Adderall and hydrocodone.
Sternhagen and a woman had been seen on surveillance video earlier that night at Prairie’s Edge Casino near Granite Falls.
An investigation of the license plate of the vehicle led to a woman dating Sternhagen and to their home in Freeborn County and the town of Emmons.
A January search of Sternhagen’s home found a backpack, Nike Jordan 23 shoes, jacket, facemask and gloves matching clothing seen on the surveillance video.
The woman said she had seen him with a large pack of pills after their trip to Prairie’s Edge.
When interviewed by law enforcement, Sternhagen allegedly admitted to breaking into the pharmacy and taking a large quantity of prescription drugs which he said were for personal use and to sell.
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