July 14, 2024

Hoffman Casey’s robbery suspect charged

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Travis Jon Dreyer, 25, of Henning, was charged with felony simple robbery in Grant County 8th Judicial District Court in Elbow Lake Feb. 12.

Dreyer was arrested Feb. 10 in Ashby in connection with the robbery of the Casey’s General Store in Hoffman Feb. 8. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted.

At his court appearance last Monday, he was granted a public defender. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 and conditional bail at $30,000. As of Friday, he was still being held at the Traverse County Jail.

The incident unfolded when a female employee of Casey’s General Store alerted the Grant County Sheriff’s Office of a robbery in progress. 

Dreyer, described as a slender, six-foot-tall light-colored African American male, initially entered the store and purchased a sucker, left and then returned making an attempt to steal cash from the register after requesting to exchange coins for bills. 

In his post-arrest interview, Dreyer stated that he decided impulsively to proceed with the theft. The theft was captured in detail by the store’s surveillance footage and was further corroborated by eyewitness accounts, including that of the cashier who had a direct confrontation with Dreyer during the robbery. 

Grant County, Douglas County, Stevens County, and Pope County sheriffs’ offices, Minnesota State Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the West Central Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force all responded to the emergency. Calls for assistance in identifying the vehicle and the suspect were shared with the public during the two-day search.

Law enforcement’s review of video footage from surrounding businesses was instrumental in identifying the suspect’s vehicle, a blue Chrysler 300 with distinctive damage and silver duct tape on the front driver’s side fender. 

Sheriff Jon Combs spotted the blue Chrysler 300 described as being associated with the robbery on 270th Street, just off of Grant County Highway 78. Highway 78 runs along the south side of Ashby. Law enforcement officials stopped the vehicle in Ashby and identified the driver as Dreyer. His appearance matched the descriptions provided by witnesses and security footage. He was found wearing specific clothing items and accessories that linked him to the Hoffman robbery.

During his post-arrest interview, Dreyer candidly admitted to the robbery, stating his motive was to obtain money to purchase Fentanyl, revealing a distressing connection between crime and substance abuse. His admission, “I … stole from that Casey’s. Ya’ll caught me. That’s all there is to it.”

He is currently being held in Traverse County and will be represented by a public defender. The court appearance is scheduled for Feb 26. 

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