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District Court, Kandiyohi County, Jan. 9

Yvette Elizabeth Tesser, 43, of Duluth, made her first appearance Thursday on a felony charge for receiving stolen property for allegedly possessing a stolen laptop computer.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Conditional release was allowed on her personal recognizance, provided she have no contact with Affiliated Community Medical Centers and a local woman.

Her next court date is Jan. 20.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer was contacted by a woman about a stolen laptop computer. The woman said that she had gotten a call from ACMC about a laptop, which was in a location that only she and a one other person had appointments at when the computer went missing. She said she hadn't stolen anything, and thought that Tesser had been with her at the appointment. She had seen Tesser carrying a laptop, which she claimed was found in a creek behind the Kandi Mall. She also said a relative had come over and attempted to delete everything on the computer.

The officer inspected the computer and observed that the serial number was scratched off. He was able to confirm it was the computer stolen from the clinic.

In an interview, Tesser first claimed to have purchased the laptop at a flea market in Hinckley for $275 and later claimed she bought it from a Mexican selling it for $75 behind the mall.

The value of the computer was estimated at $1,700.