Thousands of dollars’ worth of booze and meat were the apparent targets last week in an interrupted burglary at a Hudson area supper club.
The suspect, 21-year-old Joseph J. Kellogg, is accused in a St. Croix County criminal complaint of breaking into the Valley House Supper Club, where hundreds of bottles of alcohol and racks of ribs were found placed outside the burglarized restaurant.
The St. Paul man was charged April 23 in St. Croix County Circuit Court with one count of burglary, two counts of misdemeanor criminal property damage and one count of theft. He was ordered to post a $2,500 cash bond Thursday during his initial court appearance.
According to a criminal complaint, authorities were called at 9:23 a.m. April 22 to the Valley House Supper Club in the town of St. Joseph for a burglary complaint.
Jethro Lund, new owner of the Valley House poised to be reopened under the name Big Guy’s BBQ Road House said he arrived at the restaurant to find a back door hanging wide open and shattered glass inside the building.
Lund said he checked the restaurant’s liquor room and noticed about $10,000 worth of booze missing, so he called police. Next, he walked to the back of the building, where a stranger emerged and asked for a ride.
The stranger seemed “calm, cool and collected” but was foaming at the mouth, Lund said.
According to a criminal complaint, St. Croix County deputies had been called to the area earlier in the morning for an apparently drunk person.
The stranger took off walking north on Hwy. 35 after telling Lund he was headed toward Stillwater. Lund kept an eye on the man and called police again.
The complaint states officers caught up with the man later identified as Kellogg who admitted to being in the area for several hours and to stopping at the supper club in hopes of using a phone. He denied entering the business, according to the complaint.
Lund later discovered cases of alcohol and more than $1,000 worth of ribs placed outside a door at the restaurant. According to the complaint, 18 cases containing 275 bottles of alcohol were sitting near the door, along with eight sealed packages of ribs.
Lund said more valuable meat cuts had been left behind.
In addition to a broken patio window felled by a brick, damage was found to the building’s alarm system and cooler, Lund said. The window of a car parked at the restaurant was also smashed out.
“He tried to get into everything,” Lund said.
Deputies patted down Kellogg and discovered a ring of keys that Lund later confirmed were missing from the supper club and were used to open cash registers there.
Lund said the restaurant is in the middle of remodeling. He purchased the Valley House in January and said he hopes to open it in May.
Kellogg’s preliminary court hearing was set for Tuesday, April 28.