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Woman sentenced after theft from ex's home

WILLMAR — A Paynesville woman accused of stealing items from a former boyfriend's home has been sentenced to serve 10 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Chelsey Scherie Kalkbrenner, 28, of Paynesville, was granted a stay of adjudication on the felony theft charge to which she had pleaded guilty in June in Kandiyohi County District Court. The stay of adjudication means the court delayed acceptance of her guilty plea. If she serves her sentence, pays restitution and successfully completes five years of probation, her record will not show a felony conviction.

Kalkbrenner was originally charged with felony theft, felony second-degree burglary, and misdemeanor property damage. The burglary and property damage charges were dismissed at sentencing.

The charges stemmed from her entering a New London home in January and taking a cash box containing $2,676 in cash, $306.74 in change, and an old iPod Nano.

The owner returned home Jan. 8, saw a window broken in his garage and discovered the cash box missing. No other items were missing in the home.

Law enforcement had found the cash box and the iPod Nano outside a New London business on Jan. 7. Surveillance video showed a woman in a white vehicle tossing the items out of a car.

The owner identified the woman on the video as Kalkbrenner and the vehicle as hers. He told police that he had a relationship with her that ended one year earlier.

According to court files, Kalkbrenner admitted under questioning that she had used a garage key code to enter the residence knowing the owner would be gone on an annual trip. She said she broke the window to make it look like a break-in.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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