Records for Jan. 3
This is the records summary for Jan. 3.
She was given credit for 211 days already served. As part of a plea agreement, another felony for theft plus a gross misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a peace officer were dismissed.
Rodgers is one of one of four women charged in the case. Demetria Lynise Smith, 22, Antenese Scottesia Baker, 19, of Minneapolis, and Teresa Marie Morrow, 22, of Willmar, have all pleaded guilty and been sentenced on gross misdemeanor charges of theft.
The charges were filed after Willmar police were called June 19, 2012, 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’s vehicle to Target and then to the Best Buy parking lot.
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.
The value of the items taken from the store was $1,183.22.
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