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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Property damage

WILLMAR -- A Willmar resident reported that someone broke into his vehicle, stole some items and ripped up his insurance card and other papers. The incident occurred on the 100 block of Second Street Southeast and was discovered Tuesday morning.

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WILLMAR -- A car's windshield was shattered and the front and rear tires on the passenger side slashed, its owners reported to Willmar Police on Tuesday morning. The incident occurred on the 100 block of Third Street Northwest.

Shoplifting

WILLMAR -- Four juveniles face charges for a shoplifting spree at businesses along First Street South in Willmar on Monday evening.

Police responded to reports that a group of juveniles had fled from a shoe store after employees there confronted the youths about shoplifting. Police officers and security employees from a grocery store joined a foot chase that resulted in the youths' apprehension near Cub Foods around 8:30 p.m.

Police recovered from the suspects a variety of items believed to have been shoplifted from a number of businesses, including a couple of pairs of shoes. The suspects are male and females ages 15, 14 and 13.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- William Lee Stene, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to receiving stolen property.

The charge was reduced from a felony to a gross misdemeanor in exchange for the guilty plea and making restitution of $100.

The complaint charged that a Willmar woman returned from a vacation on July 29, 2007, to discover approximately $2,000 worth of jewelry missing from a jewelry box in the bedroom of her home. There was no sign of forced entry. Her son had been at her home with two friends, one of them being the defendant, according to the complaint.

An investigation by the Willmar Police Department found that a ring and bass guitar had been pawned in St. Cloud by the defendant on July 26, 2007, according to the complaint. The ring and guitar were both identified as belonging to the woman and her son and missing from the home.

Stene faces a possible sentence of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.

- Troy Carl Anderson, 36, of Willmar, will serve 84 months in prison for felony first-degree sale of methamphetamine.

He must also pay $2,090 in fines and fees.

Anderson received his sentence Monday and was immediately transferred to the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. He was given credit for 207 days served in jail.

Anderson had pleaded guilty April 20 to a felony charge of first-degree controlled substance sale. Three other first-degree charges for drugs were dismissed.

The complaint charged that Anderson sold 15.3 grams of methamphetamineon Nov. 5 in Willmar to a confidential informant cooperating with a CEE-VI drug task force agent.

The complaint states that the purchase was arranged through another person who set the price and directed the sale. Anderson carried out the sale according to the other suspect's directions, the complaint states.

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