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But, former employees told the Star Tribune, Metzler got into personal legal issues that put him behind on bills.
Last July, he relocated to St. Paul without telling customers, who found the Deephaven store abandoned. Metzler didn’t pay his building’s rent or utilities. Then his employees’ paychecks bounced, according to the complaint.
Deephaven police issued two search warrants in St. Paul to confiscate more than $15,000 worth of gear — half of the estimated $36,263 worth of items for which police have received reports.
Police have returned most of the gear to customers, but they still have about 30 snowboards, skis, camping tents and other items that customers have yet to claim.
Last week, Deephaven police filed the arrest warrant and theft charge against Metzler in Ramsey County District Court. It carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine.
Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141 Twitter: @kellystrib