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Man faces theft, property damage charges for wacky Walmart theft

WILLMAR — Joshua Wayne Roschild, 22, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of first-degree criminal damage to property and a gross misdemeanor count of theft for allegedly cutting a hole in a canvas door at the local Walmart Supercenter and then attempting to push merchandise through the hole to steal the items.

Roschild's next appearance is Sept. 23 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the complaint, staff at the Willmar Walmart called Willmar police around 6:30 a.m. June 24 to report that a person had been hiding in the garden section of the store and, when noticed, got out of the store without being stopped by the store personnel.

There was also a large hole cut in a canvas door in that area of the store and a cart, containing more than $600 in items, near the door. The damage to the door was estimated at $2,500.

Police reviewed surveillance video and identified Roschild as the person attempting the theft. When he was interviewed, Roschild allegedly admitted to cutting a hole in the door and admitted that he was attempting to steal the items in the cart.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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