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St. Paul Man Sentenced for Stealing Car in Woodbury

The vehicle was found unattended a week later in Maplewood.

Chou Chee Yang
Chou Chee Yang

A St. Paul man with two previous convictions for car theft has been sentenced for stealing a car from a Woodbury shopping center parking lot in March.

Chou Chee Yang, 23, was charged in June with stealing a Honda Accord from the parking lot of Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center on March 7.

The vehicle was found unattended a week later in Maplewood. Authorities lifted a fingerprint from the car’s gear-shift lever and had it processed at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. They were able to identify the culprit as Yang.

Yang admitted to police in May that he stole the Honda because he needed a car. His criminal record includes convictions for car theft in 2010 and 2012 and a conviction last April for possession of burglary or theft tools.

Yang was sentenced Nov. 21 to 20 months in prison, to be served consecutively with a sentence he’s already serving for a September conviction for third-degree burglary. He was also ordered to repay $190 to the car’s owner out of money earned from his prison wages.

Officials expect Yang to be released from Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault next June.

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