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Woman in theft ring banned from Target for decade

STILLWATER, Minn. -- A Woodbury woman convicted of participating in a theft ring will be prohibited from entering Target stores for 10 years as part of a criminal sentence. Kristi Jean Hambleton, 24, was sentenced Feb. 6 in Washington County Dist...

STILLWATER, Minn. -- A Woodbury woman convicted of participating in a theft ring will be prohibited from entering Target stores for 10 years as part of a criminal sentence.

Kristi Jean Hambleton, 24, was sentenced Feb. 6 in Washington County District Court to 10 years of probation and about four months in jail following a felony theft conviction.

Hambleton was among several people tracked by authorities during two months in 2012, when $12,913 in merchandise was stolen from Target stores around the metro area. According to a criminal complaint, the group was responsible for the theft of high-priced electronics and cellphones.

The complaint says the group used stolen security keys that unlocked packaging meant to trip alarms at Target entryways.

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Once removed from the secure packaging, the thieves would conceal the electronics inside lower-priced merchandise like coffee makers or fans, the complaint states. The thieves would then purchase the less-expensive items and leave.

Six people were charged in the thefts. Police said Hambleton was responsible for stealing $5,040 in Target goods.

Hambleton’s sentence runs concurrently with an identical sentence on a drug charge.

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