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This is the records summary for Oct. 11.

Sheriff seeks information

on rural Belgrade burglary

BELGRADE — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and asking citizens for information related to the Wednesday burglary of a rural Belgrade residence.

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The theft of a large amount of cash was reported around 5 p.m. Wednesday along the 4300 block of 285th Avenue Northeast, according to Sheriff Dan Hartog.

A Stearns County K9 unit was called in to assist in tracking the suspect or suspects, Hartog said, but the bloodhound lost the track. Investigators suspect that the person or persons was picked up by a vehicle.

The burglars also caused damage to the property, Hartog said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 320-235-1260. Callers can remain anonymous if they wish, he noted.

Theft

WILLMAR — The theft of a cell phone was reported around 5 p.m. Wednesday along the 200 block of Benson Avenue Southwest.

SPICER — The theft of beef from a freezer and of a 2-gallon gas can from a garage was reported around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday along the 13000 block of 44th Street Northeast.

Property damage

WILLMAR — A smashed car window was reported around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday along the 500 block of Seventh Street Northwest.

WILLMAR — Damage to vehicles was reported around 9:15 a.m. Thursday along the 800 block of Ella Avenue Northwest.

SPICER — Damage to a camper was reported around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday along Agnes Street.

Burglary

WILLMAR — A burglary was reported around 1 a.m. Thursday along the 1200 block of 24th Street Northwest. Guitars, an amplifier, an iPad and a knife were missing.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n A man with only one name, Say, 37, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 29 days in jail, $1,500 in fines and five years of probation on two felony charges of terroristic threats for threatening two men in July.

Say was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment. He was given credit for 29 days already served and received a stay of imposition on his sentence. Under the stay, the felony convictions will be reduced to misdemeanor convictions if he complies with the conditions of sentence.

As part of a plea agreement, two counts of second-degree assault were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar Police officers were called around 3:30 a.m. July 20 to Regency East, where they found a man pointing a gun at another man, later identified as Say.

The officer took the gun and ejected four buckshot and slug shells from the gun, including the shell in the chamber.

Say told officers he had been assaulted by several people and was upset, wanting to kill them. He appeared intoxicated. He said he returned to the location with a shotgun and pointed it at two men before one of the men took the gun away from him and called law enforcement.

Say said he was upset and took matters into his own hands, but wasn’t going to shoot anyone and never pulled the trigger. He had 23 rounds, including more slugs and buckshot, in his pockets. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.198.

The two men who Say had pointed the gun at reported that Say and other individuals had an altercation around 1:30 a.m. in front of their residence. One of the men had yelled at the group to leave and then went to bed, awakening to a man on his front step with a gun.

That man said Say was pointing the gun at his son and threatening him. The man stepped in between Say and his son and then grabbed the gun and took it away from Say. The son reported the same information to police.

n Susana Nieto, 46, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of theft for her role in stealing $2,756.86 worth of merchandise from the Willmar Target while she was an employee of the store.

Nieto was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with 344 days stayed and 20 days to serve, a $3,000 fine, with $2,500 stayed, two years of probation and 80 hours of community service. She was ordered to pay $2,656.86 in restitution.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level and another felony count was dismissed.

Nieto and Roxana Soliz, 31, of Willmar, were charged in the case. Soliz was sentenced on a gross misdemeanor charge, to the same jail, probation and fine as Nieto.

According to the complaints, the investigation began when Willmar police were called to the store on Feb. 27. Asset protection employees said transactions would be rung up at the food court register, with one of the women bringing the merchandise to the register and the other ringing up the sale, then voiding the transaction. The women completed 12 transactions between Jan. 2 and Feb. 15 for clothing, toys, housewares, health and beauty items and grocery items. On Feb. 15, they began a transaction, but then stopped their efforts, but not before taking two hot dogs.

The asset protection employees told investigators that the women had admitted to taking the merchandise, with Nieto admitting to taking $2,126.61 and Soliz taking $630.25 worth of items without paying.

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