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

Burglary

NEW LONDON -- An overnight burglary was reported around 5:15 a.m. Monday at McKale's Restaurant in New London. The case is under investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office.

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Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of an enclosed trailer was reported around 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grand Rental Station, 2309 E. Highway 12.

Fraud

WILLMAR -- Fraudulent activity on a credit card was reported around 11 a.m. Monday at the Law Enforcement Center.

SPICER -- Fraudulent activity on a bank card was reported around 10:20 a.m. Monday along Second Avenue.

Fire

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department was paged to a car fire around 4:25 p.m. Sunday near the J.C. Penney entrance to the Kandi Mall, 1605 First St. S. The department was on scene for about 45 minutes.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Erik Eduardo Santos-Espinal, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on six felony charges of forgery, aggravated forgery and perjury for allegedly using another person's identity.

Unconditional bail was set at $40,000. His next appearance is Dec. 14.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 13, Santos-Espinal appeared at the Law Enforcement Center with a woman to report harassment by a former girlfriend. He was asked to spell his name, but could not, with the girlfriend answering for him. Officers contacted the former girlfriend, who said he was in the country illegally and used the name of Jesus Escamilla.

A review of department of motor vehicles records revealed that Escamilla's identification included a photo that matched Santos-Espinal's appearance. Jail records showed the man had been booked into the county jail in September 2006 under the Escamilla name.

A review of his employment file at Jennie-O Turkey Store included numerous documents falsely signed in the Escamilla name, but including Santos-Espinal's photo.

- Matthew Jay Sepulveda, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and a gross misdemeanor for domestic assault.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 with conditional bail at $25,000. His next appearance is Dec. 14.

According to the complaint, around 12:25 a.m. Saturday, Willmar police were called to a home in the city's northwest quadrant on a domestic. They arrived to find a woman who reported that Sepulveda had choked her after they argued. A man there said that he had pulled Sepulveda off the woman while he was choking her and that her face was a deep purple and that she had trouble breathing.

Sepulveda also faces second-degree assault and domestic assault charges for a prior incident with the same woman. He has a prior conviction in September 2008 for domestic assault.

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