Records, Feb. 7, 2009
LAKE LILLIAN -- A homemade trailer was reported stolen Thursday afternoon. The theft occurred in the 8000 block of 123rd Avenue Southeast.
WILLMAR -- A cell phone, valued at $70, was reported stolen at 11 a.m. Friday from a backpack at the Willmar High School.
n Samantha Jo Johnson, 19, of Willmar, made her first appearance Thursday on a felony theft charge for allegedly taking merchandise from a Kandi Mall retailer, returning it for a credit that she then used to purchase items for herself.
Johnson was released on her personal recognizance. Her next court date is March 24.
According to the complaint, Willmar police were called Dec. 8 to Herberger's in the mall in Willmar on a case of employee theft. Loss prevention personnel said that Johnson was making no-receipt returns by taking items off the sales floor, returning them and getting a merchandise credit. She then used the credit to purchase items for herself. The total loss for the store was $1,830.68.
Officers spoke with Johnson, who allegedly admitted to the activity and said she had been doing it since Thanksgiving. Officers went with Johnson to her apartment, where she turned over items that were purchased with the stolen credit. A review of transactions showed transactions from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, totaling $1,830.68.
Aaron Patrick Cain, Willmar; Nicole Marcy Sunquist, Willmar
Russel Henry Hilbert, Willmar; Jodi Marie Schmidt, Willmar
Juan Araujo Reyes, Willmar; Margarita Alicia Ramirez, Willmar