Crime blotter: bad bet

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On July 27, a man entered Action Check Cashing on Excelsior Boulevard in Minnetonka at roughly 5:50 p.m. and handed a note to an employee. "Put $2,500 in a bag," it read. "Act fast and do not make a scene. If the police are called, all will die. ... You are all being watched so DO NOT mess this up. THIS IS NO JOKE." The note was signed "Prince Charming." The man never showed a weapon or claimed that he was armed. The would-be robber left the store without receiving any money.

Shortly thereafter, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court, Joseph Charles Klein was arrested by Minnetonka police officers. He was sweating profusely and began yelling at the cops. "Just fucking shoot me!" he purportedly screamed. "Kill me! Just fucking do it! I fucked up! I don't know why I just did that! My life is over!"

After being read his rights, Klein allegedly told the officers that on the previous day he had gambled away $2,500 that had been saved for his brother's bachelor party. The 21-year-old Plymouth resident is charged with one count of attempted robbery and one count of making terroristic threats. According to records maintained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Klein has no prior criminal history.

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