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Father, son arrested for stealing diesel fuel

A father and son arrested last week at an Empire Township construction site have different explanations for what they were doing there.

Maksim Krimouski, 25, of Savage, told Dakota County Sheriff's deputies he and his father were stealing diesel fuel from the site. His father, Gennadi, said he didn't know anything about stolen fuel. He said he was asleep in his truck until deputies showed up.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, deputies found the pair around 12:20 a.m. Feb. 16 after receiving a report of headlights and flashlights on the property near the intersection of Brandel Drive and Clayton Avenue. Construction on the site has been suspended.

Deputies found Maksim Krimouski hiding under a semi on the property. He directed deputies to his father, who they found standing up in a semi on the other side of the property.

Deputies also found what is described in the complaint as an "elaborate pump, hose and fuel delivery system."

In a statement given at the Dakota County Jail, Maksim admitted he and his father were stealing diesel fuel. Gennadi, 47, of Apple Valley, told deputies he didn't do anything other than take a nap when he was on the property.

The owner of the construction equipment told deputies he was missing about 410 gallons of fuel. Padlocks on the gas tanks from which the fuel was missing had been cut or were missing.

At $4 per gallon, the missing fuel is worth about $1,640.

Father and son both face felony charges of theft and possessing theft tools. The theft charge has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000. The possession of theft tools charge has a maximum sentence of three years and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Both men have also been charged with tampering with motor vehicles, a misdemeanor. That charge has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.