Man charged in video game store robbery

A Lakeville man was charged with felony second-degree aggravated robbery in a Dakota County court last week following an alleged holdup where he implied he had a gun and left with video games and a Playstation 3 from a Game Stop in Eagan on March 10.

Eagan officers were dispatched to the business during the afternoon after a robbery was reported in progress.

According to the criminal complaint, Tyler James Peterson, 25, entered the store and selected four games and a refurbished game system and went to check out.

While the cashier pulled up Peterson’s membership details, Peterson allegedly picked up the games and system, grabbed his right lower back with his right hand and said he had a gun.

Peterson allegedly told the cashier to stand in a certain location while Peterson left the store without paying.

Officers matched the surveillance footage with Peterson’s Driver and Vehicle Services photo.

When Peterson was arrested March 13, he declined to provide a statement. During a search, officers located the games and system reportedly stolen from the business.

Peterson faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $30,000 fine.