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WILLMAR -- Two men from the Twin Cities area are charged with theft in Kandiyohi County District Court for allegedly stealing more than $500 in baby formula from a Willmar grocer.

Ismail Abokor Mohamud, 27, of Minneapolis, faces a felony theft charge, plus a fifth-degree controlled substance charge. Liban Hassan Osman, 28, of Blaine, faces the same drug charge, and a gross misdemeanor theft charge. Mohamud makes his next appearance Feb. 28. Osman will be in court Feb. 11.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14 to Cub Foods, where an employee witnessed two Somali men apparently shoplifting baskets full of baby formula and then leaving in a vehicle.

An officer located the vehicle along Lakeland Drive and stopped it for speeding. The officer observed a large quantity of baby formula cans in the backseat. The driver was identified as Osman, the passenger as Mohamud. Osman denied being at Cub.

A search of the vehicle also revealed 19 grams of Khat, a narcotic substance.

The men were brought back to the store, where the employee positively identified them as the men he'd seen exiting the store. Surveillance video also showed the men taking the items.

The value of the 35 cans of formula and the two shopping baskets was estimated at $501.65.

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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