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Montevideo, Minn., woman looking for cash to snow shovel allegedly robs home

MONTEVIDEO — After finding no one in the neighborhood willing to pay her for shoveling snow, an 18-year-old woman is alleged to have burglarized one of the homes while its occupants were at work.

She allegedly filled two suitcases with goods from their home, and carried them over to a neighboring house, where she asked a man for a ride home.

She told him that her boyfriend had kicked her out, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Chippewa County Attorney’s office.

Meagan Nicole Howard, 18, of Montevideo, is currently in custody on a charge of second-degree burglary. Bail was set at $25,000 with conditions and $50,000 unconditional during a court appearance Friday.

Montevideo Police officers on Thursday arrested Howard, hours after the burglary was discovered when one of the homeowners returned from work. Items taken from the home — including unopened Christmas presents — were recovered by officers when they arrested the defendant at the home she shares with her family.

Items recovered in the search included: an iPad, digital camera, two laptop computers, a wooden jewelry box with a photo of the family, and two luggage containers.

According to the complaint, witnesses in the neighborhood told police that Howard approached them about shoveling their driveways on the day of the crime.

Outside of the burglarized house, Montevideo Police Sgt. Ken Schule discovered a snow shovel that did not belong to the victims. The victims also reported that a back driveway had been shoveled, when it had not been earlier. Small footprints were also seen approaching a rear door of the home not used by the occupants.

Police also spoke with a man who said he gave a woman who introduced herself as “Meagan” a ride around 3 p.m. that day.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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