This is the records summary for Jan. 12.
Public’s help sought in recovering fish house items
OLIVIA — The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in the recovery of items taken in a fish house theft in Bird Island this past October.
When the fish house was taken, it contained, among other things, a television, a fish locator, an underwater camera, an electric ice auger and a 12-gauge shotgun.
The fish house was recovered Wednesday on a lake in Meeker County, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday. A suspect, from Hutchinson, also was taken into custody and is being held at the Renville County Jail on pending charges of theft.
The television, fishing equipment and other items that were inside the fish house remain missing. Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said information collected during the investigation indicates the items may be in the Hutchinson area.
Renville County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to anyone with information that will assist law enforcement officials in locating and recovering the items. Information can be reported to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office by calling 320-523-1161 or reported anonymously at the Renville County Sheriff’s Office website, www.co.renville.mn.us/sheriff,a.
WILLMAR — Two vending machines are missing from the Highland Apartments. The theft is believed to have taken place two weeks ago and was reported Friday to Willmar police.
* Latoya Desiree Rodgers, 23, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of theft for her role in shoplifting cell phones from the local Wal-Mart Supercenter this summer.
As part of a plea agreement, another felony for theft plus a gross misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a peace officer will be dismissed.
Rodgers is one of one of four women charged in the case. Demetria Lynise Smith, 22, of Minneapolis, faces two felony charges of theft. Antenese Scottesia Baker, 19, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft. She will be sentenced Feb. 21. Teresa Marie Morrow, 22, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to a gross misdemeanor charge of theft. She will be sentenced Jan. 28.
According to the complaints against the women, Willmar police were called June 19 to an area near Best Buy, along First Street South, regarding the alleged shoplifting of cell phones by four women at Wal-Mart. A store loss prevention employee had followed the women to Target and then to the Best Buy parking lot.
When questioned by the officer about why they were in Willmar, the women all gave different answers, including that they were visiting a friend or were in town to return baby shower gifts. The officer saw plastic packaging in the car for cell phones and equipment. Baker, the owner of the car, allowed the officers to search the vehicle. The search revealed a Boost Mobile phone, instruction manual, cords and packaging.
Morrow was taken into custody, as there was a warrant for her arrest. A search of her purse revealed two new cell phones that matched the serial numbers of those taken from Wal-Mart.
Loss prevention officials at Wal-Mart told police the women appeared to be working together, by distracting employees or acting as a lookout while another woman took a phone, before theft alarms went off in the store. The women then fled from the store.
According to an amended complaint in the Smith file, the value of the items taken from the store was $1,183.22.
Trent Alan Mulder, Prinsburg, and Cassandra Kay Tensen, Raymond.
Keith Lee Lainez Martinez, Willmar, and Mayra Margarita Gomez, Willmar.
Jason David Rusthoven, Kerkhoven, and Anna Marie Garvick, Willmar.
Suzanne Mary Leal, Spicer; Juan Leal, Mercedes, Texas, Dec. 3
James Michael Wilson, Granite Falls; Catherine Ann Wilson, New London, Dec. 7
Kathleen Marie Bruess, Pennock; Larry Erwin Bruess, Pennock, Dec. 7
Heather A. Ochsner, New London; Roger A. Ochsner, Marshfield, Wis., Dec. 10
Justin Ray Kopp, Willmar; Racheal Jay Kopp, Willmar, Dec. 11
Colin Andrew Rime, New London; Kristalynn Burgett Rime, San Jose, Calif., Dec. 12
Francine Colleen McHugh, no address available; Joshua John McHugh, Willmar, Dec. 12
Lisa Ann Ford, New London; James E. Ford, Deer River, Dec. 18
James Martin Stafford, Belgrade; Denise Rosalyn Kleve-Stafford, Belgrade, Dec. 20
Juan Mayorga Lozano, Willmar; Irma Cortez Lozano, Willmar, Dec. 20
Jason Ronald Olson, Pennock; Stacy Jade Olson, Glenwood, Dec. 21
Jennifer Bernice Leadens, Willmar; Robert Alan Leadens, Belgrade, Dec. 27
This is the records summary for Jan. 12.