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Todd County Sheriff Arrests Sauk Centre Man: Suspected Murder-for-hire Plot

Robert Thomas
Suspect Robert Thomas
On Tuesday, April 11th, the Todd County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after he admitted to engaging in a murder-for-hire scheme. Robert Thomas, 38, of Sauk Centre is in custody at the Todd County Jail on charges of conspiracy to commit murder. Allegedly the target of the scheme is a close acquaintance of the suspect.
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office was first made aware of this alleged plot in late March of 2023 and launched an investigation with multiple parties.

It’s reported that an undercover agent was able to meet with Thomas who revealed his plans and made an initial payment to see them through. 

Records show the Todd County Sheriff’s Office, the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) immediately launched an investigation. An undercover BCA agent arranged to meet with the suspect, later identified as Thomas. It’s reported that during the meeting, Thomas came to an agreement with the agent to commit murder, including making an initial payment. Thomas agreed to pay more money once the murder was committed.

A formal complaint is pending with the Todd County Attorney’s Office. The investigation remains active and ongoing with no other information released at this time.