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Shoplifters

WILLMAR -- A 53-year-old Willmar woman was cited and released for shoplifting around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at Super Wal-Mart, 700 19th Ave. S.E.

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WILLMAR -- A 18-year-old Willmar man was arrested for shoplifting around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Kandi Mall, 1605 First St. S.

Fraud

NEW LONDON -- A report of a forged check being passed was made around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Country Stop, 17280 State Highway 23 N.E.

WILLMAR -- The attempted passage of a counterfeit $50 bill was reported around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Holiday, 817 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

Burglary

WILLMAR -- A home burglary was reported around 7 a.m. Wednesday along the 700 block of Fourth Street Southeast. The caller reported a safe, $1,000 cash, $350 in money orders, documents and tools were missing from the home and there was damage to a basement window.

Arrest

WILLMAR -- A 31-year-old Willmar man was arrested for driving after suspension around 5 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Lakeland Drive.

WILLMAR -- A 25-year-old Belview man was arrested for driving after revocation around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday along the 400 block of First Street South.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Nicholas Austin Sorenson, 20, of Willmar, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance for possessing methamphetamine.

The sentence was executed at Sorenson's request, and he received 143 days of credit for time already served. The sentence will run concurrently, at the same time, as an executed sentence of one year and one day on another fifth-degree controlled substance crime from June 2008. He received 156 days of credit for time already served on that file.

The first charge was filed after a Willmar police officer stopped a vehicle around 2:30 a.m. Oct. 20 along High Avenue for having illegally tinted windows. Sorenson, a passenger in the car, was arrested on a warrant. The officer noted Sorenson and another passenger were wearing the blue colors of the Gangster Disciples gang. Sorenson was searched and the officer found $315 in cash on his person.

The driver gave permission to search the vehicle and officers found a light bulb used as a methamphetamine pipe with residue and a lock box containing a bag of white substance inside. The officer couldn't open the box, but could see through cracks in the box that there were drugs inside. Sorenson claimed others in the car had put the stuff in his bag.

The jail staff found that Sorenson had a key that appeared to open the box, and the officer got a search warrant and opened the box. The box contained three plastic bags: one contained 20 pills of Seroquel 50 and the two others held two and three grams of meth. The box also contained a digital scale.

The second charge dates back to June 18, 2008, when a Willmar police officer on patrol observed a vehicle turning left onto Becker Avenue from Third Street. The car had no front license plate, a very loud muffler, illegally dark windows and was traveling at a high rate of speed. From previous contacts the officer recognized the driver as Sorenson and stopped the vehicle. The officer observed the strong order of marijuana when Sorenson, who had bloodshot and watery eyes, rolled down the window. During a search of the vehicle, the officer found two bags of a leafy green substance, which tested positive as marijuana and weighed 86 grams.

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