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Willmar man faces new charges for drugs; trials set for fraud, property damage, stolen property cases

WILLMAR — Joshua Wayne Roschild, 23, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on a third-degree drug sale charge for allegedly selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in July and on a fifth-degree drug possession count for possessing meth when he was arrested on the sale charge in October.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000. His next appearance on those charges is May 7 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Roschild also faces a felony charge of property damage and a gross misdemeanor count of theft for allegedly cutting a hole in a canvas door at the Willmar Walmart Supercenter to shoplift from the store, a receiving stolen property charge for possessing a computer reported stolen from a Willmar church in July, and three counts of financial transaction card fraud for allegedly using a stolen credit card to purchase more than $6,700 in fuel.

A jury trial on those three cases is scheduled to begin Wednesday before District Judge David Mennis.

According to the drug sale and possession complaint, the informant allegedly purchased 1.9 grams of meth from Roschild on July 10 in Willmar. When agents when to Roschild’s residence in October to arrest him on the sale charge, he allegedly admitted to participating in the sale. He had 0.8 grams of meth in his pocket when he was arrested.

The stolen property charge related to the computer was filed after Willmar Police were called to a church in the city on July 25 regarding the theft of an iMac computer. A tracking application located the computer at a rural Sauk Centre residence.

Local officials requested that Todd County officials contact the woman, who said a woman, later identified as Natasha Marie Peterson, and a man, later identified as Roschild, had sold her the computer for $300. The deal had been arranged on a Facebook page. Peterson, 22, of Willmar, also faces a felony charge of receiving stol-en property in the case.

The property damage case was filed after staff at the Willmar Walmart called Willmar police on 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.

The fraud charges were filed after officials from Dooley’s Petroleum reported on April 1 that there had been unauthorized use of a company credit card, which had been missing since January from a company truck.

The card had been used for a total of $6,724.10 in purchases from area gas stations and a gas station in Hastings. Investigators reviewed video surveillance footage from one local station and identified Roschild as the person making the purchases.

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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