Records, Sept. 5
WILLMAR -- Police officers are again investigating a spate of gang graffiti.
Gang symbols and other graffiti were discovered Friday morning on fences, sheds and garages in the area of the 400 block of Second Street Southeast, the 500 block of Fourth Street Southeast, the 700 block of Fifth Street Southeast, and Bjorsell Park, Johanna Avenue Southeast.
ATWATER -- A burglar or burglars broke into the Island Pine Golf Course on Thursday night. Entry was gained by damaging a door. Some money was stolen.
WILLMAR -- A CD player was stolen from a vehicle and the passenger side door damaged on Thursday night. The vehicle had been parked on the 500 block of 11th Street Southwest.
A vehicle was damaged while parked Thursday night on the 400 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast. Someone kicked in a back door on the compact vehicle.
- Alma Evidalia Perez-Segura, 23, of Willmar, made her first appearance Friday on six felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance, aggravated forgery and perjury for allegedly receiving public assistance while she worked under a false name.
Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Her next appearance is Oct. 29. Perez-Segura also faces a misdemeanor charge for identity theft.
According to the complaint, Perez-Segura applied for public assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services in July 2008. As a recipient, she was obligated to report her income and employment. She said she was unemployed. An investigation revealed that she worked for Jennie-O Turkey Store under the alias of Heidie Marie Melendez and didn't report that income to family services. As a result, she was overpaid medical assistance benefit of $7,496.20 between July 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2008. Employment documents from Jennie-O included several documents signed in the Melendez name. The complaint also states that Perez-Segura is in the country illegally.
- Tracy Lynn Pillatzki, 35, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of theft for using a stolen credit card to purchase items from local stores.
As part of a plea agreement, three additional felony charges will be dismissed and she will be jointly responsible for $1,550 in restitution. Pillatzki will be sentenced Oct. 19.
Pillatzki was one of four people charged in the case. Jorge Armando Benavides, 20, and Amber Lynn Pillatzki, 28, of Willmar, pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor financial card transaction fraud charges and were both sentenced to two years of probation, $400 fines and were ordered to pay restitution. Mahmoud Ameen Abdul Shareef was sentenced to 17 months in prison, a $50 fine and was ordered to pay restitution on a felony charge of financial transaction card fraud.
The charges were filed after an Olivia woman reported her purse stolen at the local Arby's restaurant on Dec. 10. Shareef and Pillatzki worked together to conceal the purse under a jacket while he was working at the restaurant.
A Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy identified Pillatzki and Shareef on a video showing them using a credit card from the purse to make purchases Dec. 11 at Wal-Mart in Willmar. The group also used credit cards in the purse at a number of other stores to purchase $2,276 in items ranging from a Playstation to a ring and shoes. The purse also held two pairs of prescription glasses, medicines, an inhaler, billfold and other items, valued at $1,100.
- Brett Douglas Blomquist, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft for stealing from a local retailer.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony charge and he agreed to pay restitution in the case. He will be sentenced Oct. 19.
The charge was filed after a Target loss prevention officer contacted law enforcement on March 5 reporting that an employee, Blomquist, had stolen $1,816.09 from the store between Dec. 15 and Feb. 12. The loss prevention officer had interviewed Blomquist, who allegedly admitted to the thefts and to having friends buy items for a nominal price with cash. He would then give the friends extra cash, usually about $100.
- William Allan Tjaden, 30, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for allegedly not stopping for a state trooper Thursday night near Spicer.
Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 with conditional bail at $1,000. His next appearance is Sept. 14. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for driving after revocation.
According to the complaint, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper was on patrol around 10 p.m. Thursday along State Highway 23 near Spicer when he saw a pickup driving erratically. The trooper activated his squad car's lights and followed the vehicle as it turned onto Old Mill Road and accelerated. The vehicle stopped about a quarter-mile later and Tjaden was identified as the driver. His driving privileges are revoked.
Joseph John Leenstra, Willmar; Kelsey Rae Onnen, Raymond
Mitchell Ryan Van Heuveln, Willmar; Krystal Marie Rauenhorst, Willmar
Lynn Gerald Heckes, Belgrade; Tasha Marie Madrigal, Belgrade
Nicholas Alexander Scharafanow, Darwin; Rachel Helen Binger, Spicer
Tyler John Sobkowiak, Willmar; Tara Sue Radunz, Willmar
Adam Randall Roelofs, Prinsburg; Jessica Renae Bonnema, Raymond
Brian Marvin Erdelt, Willmar; Teresa Jo Fossen, Willmar
Jason Richard Dejong, Willmar; Cherlynn Marie Molden, Willmar