Crystal Police Ask for Public’s Help in Unsolved Case
Crystal police continue to look for leads in an unsolved home invasion and robbery that turned deadly. Crystal police say all credible leads have dried up in the Dec. 2 robbery that led to the death of 99-year-old John Gosche. His wife, Geraldine, passed away from natural causes shortly after the incident.
“We’ve moved on all of the leads that we have so we’re currently at a point where we’re looking for the public’s help,” said Crystal Deputy Chief Brian Hubbard. “If anybody knows anything, if anybody’s heard anything. We believe that people have probably been talking about this in some circles so we’re looking for any tips that anybody might have.”
Garage Code Access
According to police, two robbers wearing hoods and stocking caps got into a house located on the 4100 block of Colorado Avenue.
They took $6,000 of cash and physically assaulted the elderly couple residing there. John Gosche died four days after the incident. He sustained injuries to his arm during the robbery that caused a fatal infection. John’s wife, Geraldine Gosche, died a week later from natural causes.
As for the investigation, Crystal police have done forensic and technology analysis, but have not been able to crack the case.
“We believe that the perpetrator was known to the victims,” Hubbard said. “Or at least had some intimate knowledge of the residents and the inside of the house. We believe they entered through the garage and had access to the garage code.”
Police say the Gosches were having work done at their house when the incident happened. Police believe it is possible the robbers were part of the job team or knew someone with the crew.