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Willmar man pleads to three felonies for property damage, fraud, selling meth

WILLMAR — Joshua Wayne Roschild, 23, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three felony charges, for criminal damage to property for damaging a canvas door in June at the Willmar Walmart store, for fourth-degree drug sale for selling meth in July to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant and for financial transaction card fraud for using a credit card stolen in January 2013 from a Dooley’s Petroleum truck.

Roschild entered the guilty pleas, plus a plea to a gross misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property for possessing a computer stolen from a Willmar church, in Kandiyohi County District Court. He will be sentenced June 19.

According to the drug sale complaint, the informant purchased 1.9 grams of meth from Roschild on July 10 in Willmar. When agents went to Roschild’s residence in October to arrest him, he admitted to participating in the sale.

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 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 in April 2013 that there had been unauthorized use of a company credit card, which had been missing since January 2013 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.

The stolen property charge 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 there, 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, 23, of Willmar, pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor charge in the case and was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, of which 60 was stayed, and a year of probation, plus pay a $1,000 fine, of which $950 was stayed, and $1,523 in restitution.

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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