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3 women face charges for shoplifting $1,500 in clothing

WILLMAR -- Two of three women charged with felony theft charges for allegedly shoplifting more than $1,500 in clothing from Herberger's in the Kandi Mall made their first court appearance Thursday.

Kelly Kay Potter, 42, of Minneapolis, and Patricia Marie Potter, 62, of White Earth, were both released on their personal recognizance. Both make their next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on Aug. 31.

Mussette Ruby Wade, 37, of Brainerd, failed to appear for her Thursday appearance and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police officers and a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy were called to the mall around 6:30 p.m. June 30 by store loss prevention officers who had been monitoring the three women. When the store officers approached Wade while she was leaving the store with a bag of clothing, she ran away across the parking lot. The deputy located the woman and she was taken back to the store. The two women were also located on the mall grounds.

The loss prevention officer reported seeing the three women gathering women's clothing items onto a rack and then putting them into the store shopping bag. The women appeared to be working together and distracting store associates from their activities.

Both of the Potters allegedly signed an incident form from Herbergers admitting to the theft. All three were trespassed from the store. The value of the items was $1,588.

Wade's criminal record includes felony theft convictions in Clay, Anoka, Stearns and Crow Wing counties, and misdemeanor convictions in Crow Wing, Hennepin, Mille Lacs, Stearns and Ramsey counties.

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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