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This is the records summary for Jan. 23.

Bomb threat evacuates Willmar Wal-Mart, search reveals nothing

WILLMAR — Customers and employees were evacuated from the Willmar Wal-Mart Supercenter around 9 p.m. Tuesday after a bomb threat was called into the store.

According to Willmar Police Capt. Jim Felt, officers from the Police Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol secured the store and then checked the restrooms of the building, finding nothing to substantiate the threat.

The incident, which lasted about 30 minutes, remains under investigation.

Stolen Bobcat from Dassel recovered in Farmington

LITCHFIELD — A stolen Bobcat skid loader, taken on Jan. 2 from Farm Rite Equipment in Dassel, was recovered Friday in Farmington.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Dakota County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant on a location in Empire Township and seized several items believed to be stolen.

The skid loader was traced to the Dassel theft, when a gate lock was cut off the entrance to the business. It was valued at $23,000.

An individual was arrested and then released pending formal charges on possession of stolen property.

The investigation, by both the Dakota and Meeker county sheriff’s office, is ongoing.


ATWATER — A home burglary and the theft of a safe was reported around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday along the 14000 block of Breezy Point Road.

ATWATER — The burglary of a fish house was reported around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on Lake Elizabeth.

Property damage

SPICER — Slashed tires on a vehicle were reported around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday along Lakeview Drive.

WILLMAR — The egging of a vehicle was reported around 8 a.m. Wednesday along the 600 block of Seventh Street Northwest.


NEW LONDON — A case of debit card fraud was reported around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday along the 7000 block of 171st Avenue Northeast.


WILLMAR — The theft of a purse from a vehicle was reported around 7 p.m. Tuesday along the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest. The complainant reported that the purse was stolen while they were at either Cash Wise Food or Target in Willmar.

WILLMAR — The theft of a delivered package was reported around 6:10 p.m. Tuesday along the 400 block of 12th Street Northwest.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Brooke Louise Hott, 25, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of theft.

She was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 40 days stayed and 50 days to serve that can be deferred if she makes restitution payments on schedule. She was also placed on probation for one year and ordered to pay a $50 fine.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of financial transaction card fraud was dismissed.

The charges were filed after a woman reported to Willmar Police on June 27 that checks had been written on her checking account and ATM withdrawals had been made without her permission. The transactions totaled more than $1,000.

The woman suspected Hott because she had helped the woman with her checking account and a mutual friend had told her that Hott admitted to the transactions. Surveillance video showed a woman matching Hott’s description in the stores when the transactions were made.