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Records, Jan. 27, 2006

District Court Kandiyohi County * An Atwater woman was arraigned Thursday on three different felony burglary cases -- two from 2004 and one from 2005. According to court documents, Stephanie Lyn Geis, 27, is accused of burglarizing the residences...

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* An Atwater woman was arraigned Thursday on three different felony burglary cases -- two from 2004 and one from 2005.

According to court documents, Stephanie Lyn Geis, 27, is accused of burglarizing the residences of three known acquaintances.

In the first case, Geis is accused of breaking into her former boyfriend's house and stealing a .22-caliber handgun from a locked gun safe, the criminal complaint says. The man said that Geis knew where the key to the safe was.

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A friend of Geis' also said that she had seen Geis go into the house when the man wasn't home and come out with a handgun, the complaint says.

Geis faces one count of first-degree burglary and one count of theft in the case.

The second complaint alleges that Geis broke into an Atwater residence on Oct. 10, 2004, and stole $2,825 worth of jewelry as well as a $28 coat. A friend of Geis' said that Geis had given her jewelry, the complaint says.

Geis denied knowing anything about the burglary, but her former boyfriend said that Geis had talked about burglarizing that residence with a friend, the complaint says.

Geis faces one count of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary - liability for the crimes of another, one count of theft, and one count of theft - liability for the crimes of another.

The third complaint charges Geis with burglarizing a residence in Atwater in late August of 2004.

The complaint says that she stole tools, eight floor vents, a television and a DVD player from the home, the complaint says.

The floor vents were returned to an Olivia hardware store after the burglary, the complaint says. An employee there was able to identify a friend of Geis' in a photo line-up because the vents were so rarely purchased, he said.

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Geis' former boyfriend told police that Geis had talked about burglarizing that residence. He also said that Geis likes burglarizing the residences of acquaintances because if the person ends up being home, she has an excuse, the complaint says.

Geis faces one count of third-degree burglary and one count of theft in that case.

For each case, Judge Michael Thompson set Geis' unconditional bail at $25,000 and her conditional bail at $15,000. He ordered that the bail amounts be consecutive, meaning that in order to be released, she must pay bail of $75,000 for unconditional release and $45,000 for conditional release.

* A Willmar woman was sentenced to five years of probation Wednesday for breaking into a mini-storage space rented by her daughter and stealing nearly $4,000 worth of tools and collectibles.

According to the criminal complaint, Joyce Mae Lang-Wolf, 49, broke into a storage space rented at Green Door Storage north of Willmar on or prior to June 4.

Two people, including Lang-Wolf's daughter, had rented the space, the complaint says. They found that $3,825 worth of Craftsman tools and wolf figurines were stolen, the complaint says.

Lang-Wolf admitted to stealing the items, saying that she'd done so because of back rent her daughter owed her, the complaint says.

Lang-Wolf pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property. One count of third-degree burglary and one count of theft were dismissed.

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She was given a stayed imposition of sentencing, which means if she doesn't violate her probation during the next five years, no conviction will go on her record.

She was also sentenced to 60 days in jail, to be served in two parts. However, that jail time can be waived if she complies with terms of probation.

She was fined $575 and has to pay $2,175 in restitution, has to attend a property crime impact panel and has to write a letter of apology, according to the sentence handed down by Judge Donald Spilseth.

* A Willmar man was sentenced to a year in jail, which was stayed, and two years of probation for possessing a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint, Willmar police were called to the home of Daniel Allen Ruter, 35, on a report of shots being fired during a domestic dispute on March 15.

It turned out that Ruter had fired shots into his floor, according to police reports.

However, drugs and drug paraphernalia was found in his home as well as a shotgun he'd used to shoot the floor, the complaint says.

He isn't supposed to possess any firearms, the complaint says.

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He pleaded guilty to one count of certain persons not to have firearms.

One count of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

He was fined $87 and was ordered to continue counseling.

He was sentenced Thursday by Judge Donald Spilseth.

* A Willmar woman was sentenced to two years of probation and 21 days in jail for shoplifting.

According to the criminal complaint, Jennifer Coronado Olvera, 19, and two other girls were caught shoplifting July 11 at Herberger's in Willmar.

Olvera's two alleged accomplices admitted that they were at the mall to shoplift and said they'd already stolen a shirt from Glick's, the complaint says.

The total value of the items stolen was $519.39.

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Olvera pleaded guilty to one count of theft - liability for the crimes of another. One count of theft was dismissed.

She was sentenced to 365 days in jail, 344 of which were stayed.

She'll serve 21 days in jail in three seven-day increments, the last two of which may be waived if she's complaint with probation.

Judge Donald Spilseth also sentenced Olvera to attend a property crime impact panel, to stay away from one of her accomplices and not shop with the other, and to take part in victim-offender mediation.

Accidents

WILLMAR -- A vehicle drove onto the center median and hit two sign posts Wednesday night at the intersection of First Street and 28th Avenue South. No injuries were reported.

MURDOCK -- A Murdock man was injured early Wednesday after his truck rolled over one mile north of Murdock on Swift County Road 33.

Jeffrey James Walsh, 34, of Murdock was injured when his 1994 Chevrolet Silverado rolled over. He was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar by ambulance.

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The accident report says it appears Walsh was not wearing a seatbelt.

Burglary

WILLMAR -- A residence was reported burglarized Wednesday afternoon at the 3000 block of Eagle Ridge Drive East.

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