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This is the records summary for Dec. 3, 2011.

Thefts

WILLMAR -- A student's backpack was stolen Thursday night or early Friday morning from a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of 16th Street Northeast.

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The incident was reported Friday morning to Willmar Police. The backpack apparently contained school textbooks.

Willmar Police officers also are checking to determine whether another vehicle in the same block was broken into as well. The officer who arrived in response to the call about the missing backpack noticed another car down the street with the door left open and a jacket hanging out. Officers weren't able to contact the owner Friday morning, so they've been unable to determine if anything was stolen.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Craig David Steffen, Raymond, and Crystal Marie Lia, Raymond.

Scottie James Pederson, Willmar, and Stephanie Nicole Landberg, Willmar.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Erica Rachel Cruz, 24, of Crete, Neb., made her first appearance Friday on two felony charges of check forgery for her role in allegedly stealing a state-issued check and forging a signature to cash the check.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Her next appearance is Dec. 19.

Cruz and Maria Julia Saldana, 34, of Willmar, are both charged in the case. Saldana faces three felonies and makes her first appearance on Dec. 15.

According to the complaint, Willmar police began investigating the case on Oct. 24 after a woman reported that she never received a check from the state Department of Revenue for $575. She'd been informed by the state that someone had cashed the check at Quick Funds and signed her name on the check.

The investigation revealed that Cruz had presented her identification when cashing the check.

She was interviewed and at first said that she'd cashed the check at the woman's request. She later allegedly admitted that she and Saldana had cashed the check. She said that the woman had previously lived in the apartment where Saldana was living. Cruz claimed that Saldana received all of the money.

Saldana was also interviewed and allegedly admitted to receiving the check. She said that Cruz cashed it because she didn't have an ID. She claimed they split the money.

This is the records summary for Dec. 3, 2011.

Thefts

WILLMAR -- A student's backpack was stolen Thursday night or early Friday morning from a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of 16th Street Northeast.

The incident was reported Friday morning to Willmar Police. The backpack apparently contained school textbooks.

Willmar Police officers also are checking to determine whether another vehicle in the same block was broken into as well. The officer who arrived in response to the call about the missing backpack noticed another car down the street with the door left open and a jacket hanging out. Officers weren't able to contact the owner Friday morning, so they've been unable to determine if anything was stolen.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Craig David Steffen, Raymond, and Crystal Marie Lia, Raymond.

Scottie James Pederson, Willmar, and Stephanie Nicole Landberg, Willmar.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Erica Rachel Cruz, 24, of Crete, Neb., made her first appearance Friday on two felony charges of check forgery for her role in allegedly stealing a state-issued check and forging a signature to cash the check.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Her next appearance is Dec. 19.

Cruz and Maria Julia Saldana, 34, of Willmar, are both charged in the case. Saldana faces three felonies and makes her first appearance on Dec. 15.

According to the complaint, Willmar police began investigating the case on Oct. 24 after a woman reported that she never received a check from the state Department of Revenue for $575. She'd been informed by the state that someone had cashed the check at Quick Funds and signed her name on the check.

The investigation revealed that Cruz had presented her identification when cashing the check.

She was interviewed and at first said that she'd cashed the check at the woman's request. She later allegedly admitted that she and Saldana had cashed the check. She said that the woman had previously lived in the apartment where Saldana was living. Cruz claimed that Saldana received all of the money.

Saldana was also interviewed and allegedly admitted to receiving the check. She said that Cruz cashed it because she didn't have an ID. She claimed they split the money.

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