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Two men plead guilty to Hackensack liquor store robbery

WALKER -- Two men who robbed a Hackensack liquor store in June have plead guilty in Cass County Court.

Curtis Eugene Hoffman III, 22, of Walker and Jeffrey Allen Goose, 28, of Cass Lake entered guilty pleas to felony third-degree burglary on June 26. Each faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office reported three people were arrested for burglarizing the Hackensack Municipal Off-Sale Liquor Store on June 10. Video footage of two individuals confirmed Goose and Hoffman had broken into the establishment. A third person, Tiffany Goose, 25, of Bemidji was arrested but not charged.

Court documents stated the men stole liquor bottles after smashing in the bottom portion of a glass door. Blood evidence had been left at the scene, according to a criminal complaint. When deputies located Jeffrey Goose for questioning, Hoffman also was present and a Cass County Deputy observed blood on his hand and leg, according to court documents. Hoffman admitted he had broken into the liquor store but said he acted alone.

Law enforcement was advised to obtain a search warrant in order to search Tiffany Goose's apartment, where they found two empty bottles of Captain Morgan and a ripped Captain Morgan box, according to court documents. On the box was typed, "Hackensack #2 Off Sale 210 Hwy 371 No," according to a criminal complaint. In the meantime, a deputy said he observed Jeffrey Goose throwing Captain Morgan bottles out of a window, according to court documents.

Hoffman and Goose are scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 18.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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