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Women charged with taking $2,700 of merchandise from Target

WILLMAR — Two Willmar woman face felony and gross misdemeanor theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $2,700 in merchandise from the Willmar Target store by scanning each other’s purchases and then voiding the transactions.

Roxana Soliz, 30, of Willmar, appeared Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Her unconditional bail was set at $20,000. Her next appearance is June 18.

An arrest warrant was issued for Susana Nieto, 45, of Willmar, who failed to appear for her court hearing.

According to the complaints, the total amount of merchandise taken from the Target store by Soliz and Nieto was $2,756.86.

The investigation began when Willmar police were called to the store on Feb. 27. Asset protection employees said that the transactions would be rung up at the food court register, with one of the women bringing the merchandise to the register and the other ringing up the sale, then voiding the transaction. The women completed 12 transactions between Jan. 2 and Feb. 15 for clothing, toys, housewares, health and beauty items and grocery items. On Feb. 15, they began a transaction, but then stopped their efforts, but not before taking two hot dogs.

The asset protection employees told investigators that the women had admitted to taking the merchandise, with Nieto admitting to taking $2,126.61 and Soliz taking $630.25 worth of items without paying.

The women were interviewed by the investigating officer and allegedly admitted that they stole the merchandise.

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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