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Montevideo, Minn., woman pleads to burglary of home she earlier tried to shovel snow at

MONTEVIDEO — A woman who was charged with breaking into a Montevideo home after offering to shovel snow for cash pleaded guilty Thursday in District Court.

Meagan Howard, 18, of Montevideo, pleaded guilty to A felony charge of second-degree burglary of a dwelling. In return, a separate misdemeanor ch-arge of theft for an unrelated incident was dismissed.

The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Under terms of the agreement, Howard will be required to make full restitution to the victims in both cases, according to Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson.

Howard was allowed to begin in-patient chemical dependency treatment pending sentencing on April 2.

She had been charged Jan. 17 after a homeowner returned from work to discover her house had been entered during the day. Electronic items, and goods removed from Christmas presents that had been unopened, were missing.

Montevideo police officers recovered many of the missing items when they arrested Howard at her home that night.

The complaint alleges that she had initially asked neighbors of the victim if she could earn cash by shoveling snow for them. She allegedly also left the victim’s house with two suitcases holding the stolen goods, introduced herself as Meagan to a neighbor and received a ride home.

Tom Cherveny

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

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