Detroit Lakes woman sentenced in Nazi memorabilia theft case
MOORHEAD — A woman who earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft in connection with thousands of dollars worth of collectables stolen from a Barnesville home, including Nazi memorabilia, was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 25, in Clay County District Court to 21 days in jail, time she was given credit for already having served.
Amber Hedstrom, 27, of Detroit Lakes, was also ordered to pay fines and fees totaling $1,160, though she will be allowed to satisfy $1,000 of that by doing community service work.
Other charges Hedstrom had been facing were dismissed.
Hedstrom and a co-defendant, Justin R. Marlen, were charged in May after about $80,000 worth of collectables were stolen from the home of Hedstrom's father, who told investigators he let Hedstrom and her children stay at his home while he was out of town.
When he returned, he noticed items were missing, including collectables, knives, brass knuckles, two handguns, two shotguns, jewelry, prescription medications, electronics and tools, according to court documents.
Hedstrom's father reported the theft April 16 and investigators learned that his daughter allegedly let Marlen, her boyfriend at the time, take the items from the home, the documents said.
Detroit Lakes police later found some of the stolen property while executing a search warrant in another case. The man who had the property told police he received it from Marlen, according to court documents.
Among the items recovered were some pieces of Nazi memorabilia: a sheet of stamps with Adolf Hitler's profile, an oversize card with Hitler's image and an employment record book issued by the German Reich, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Also recovered were boxing gloves signed by boxers Ken Norton and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, a Bowie knife, coins, cash, polished rocks and a virtual reality device, the complaint said.
Marlen pleaded guilty to three counts of theft.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay fines and fees of $1,160.
Both Marlen and Hedstrom will be responsible for paying restitution if it is ordered.