This is the records summary for Dec. 18.
Watkins man arrested for stolen vehicle, owner finds vehicle at trailer park
WATKINS — A 26-year-old Watkins man is in the Meeker County Jail pending his first court appearance on felony motor vehicle theft charges after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Watkins.
According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, county dispatch received a report of a stolen vehicle around 12:50 a.m. Sunday along Meeker Avenue North in Watkins.
The caller reported his vehicle was stolen and that he had found the 1993 Mazda stuck in a snow bank in the Watkins Trailer Park.
The man arrested, Bradley Hamilton, was found in the driver’s side of the vehicle. He also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.
The Eden Valley Police Department also assisted at the scene.
NEW LONDON — Two burglaries were reported around 12:45 p.m. Monday along the 100 block of Main Street.
WILLMAR — A 22-year-old woman was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 1:15 a.m. Monday along the 300 block of 14th Street Southeast.
- Teresa Marie Morrow, 22, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of theft for her role in shoplifting cell phones from the local Wal-Mart Supercenter this summer.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level and another felony for theft and a misdemeanor for receiving stolen property will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Jan. 28.
Morrow is one of four women charged in the case. Latoya Desiree Rodgers, 23, of Minneapolis, faces two felony charges of theft plus a gross misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a peace officer. Her next appearance is Dec. 24.
Antenese Scottesia Baker, 19, of Minneapolis, faces two felony theft charges. Her next hearing is today.
An arrest warrant was issued for a fourth woman, Demetria Lynise Smith, 22, of Minneapolis.
According to the complaints against the women, Willmar police were called June 19 to the area of Best Buy, along First Street South, regarding the alleged shoplifting of cell phones by four women at Wal-Mart. A store loss prevention employee had followed the women to Target and then to the Best Buy parking lot.
When questioned by the officer about why they were in Willmar, the women all gave different answers, including that they were visiting a friend or were in town to return baby shower gifts. The officer saw plastic packaging in the car for cell phones and equipment. Baker, the owner of the car, allowed the officers to search the vehicle. The search revealed a Boost Mobile phone, instruction manual, cords and packaging.
Morrow was taken into custody, as there was a warrant for her arrest. A search of her purse revealed two new cell phones that matched the serial numbers of those taken from Wal-Mart.
Loss prevention officials at Wal-Mart told police the women appeared to be working together, by distracting employees or acting as a lookout while another woman took a phone, before theft alarms went off in the store. The women then fled from the store.
Surveillance video also showed the woman shoplifting gaming system merchandise.
- Adam Dane Schweiger, 19, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of first-degree damage to property for allegedly smashing the windows on a Willmar home early Sunday morning.
Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is Dec. 31.
Schweiger also faces a misdemeanor charge of fleeing from a peace officer on foot and petty misdemeanor charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia.
According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer was dispatched to the 300 block of 10th Street Southwest to investigate an attempted break-in. The officer saw a man, later identified as Schweiger, running away. The man attempted to enter another home, but couldn’t open the door because it was locked and was caught by the officer.
Schweiger was arrested and officers found a jar containing 3 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his backpack. He was wearing socks, but no shoes, and had cuts on his hands.
The residents of the home told officers they heard sounds including breaking glass and called law enforcement. Six windows on the home were broken, at an estimated cost of $1,200 to repair.
Schweiger was interviewed and said he had been drinking and smoking marijuana at a party in the neighborhood and that he had left the party at 11 p.m. to walk home. He did not remember breaking windows, said he was pretty drunk and that he had made a stupid decision. He said he ran from the officer because he did not want to get in trouble.