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THEFT

The family wants the gnome back enough to take out an unusual full-page newspaper ad in the Detroit Lakes Tribune, offering a $100 reward for information “leading to the safe and secure recovery of GnomeGnome.”
The 33-year-old reportedly said she began embezzling the money out of desperation to pay for medical bills, but a prosecutor pointed to a lavish lifestyle funded by the scheme.
The break-in has been called disturbing and disrespectful. One former FBI agent said the acts were bold and brazen, but rare items like the stolen Hickok Belt and MVP award seldom stay hidden forever.
Kandiyohi County officials have reported thefts of road signs since August, mostly in the northeastern part of the county, including the towns of Willmar, New London and Spicer. About three dozen signs and a construction barrel were recovered this week, and the investigation is continuing.

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BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man pleaded guilty on Friday, May 29 to theft and embezzlement charges stemming from his tenure as treasurer of the Minnesota Indian Education Association.
HAWLEY, Minn. — Clay County sheriff's deputies chased a woman driving a stolen tractor for about a half hour before arresting her early Thursday, April 30, according to the sheriff's office.
BEMIDJI -- Beltrami County officials on Wednesday, March 4, announced theft charges against William Blackwell Jr. of Bemidji for actions during his tenure as treasurer of the Minnesota Indian Education Association. Blackwell is also the former director of the American Indian Resource Center at BSU, a position he resigned from in August 2019
ST. PAUL - The man killed in the Blaine Target parking lot Wednesday, Jan. 15, was run over while trying to get back items that were stolen from his St. Paul auto repair shop and being sold on Facebook Marketplace, according to charges filed Friday against the alleged hit-and-run driver.
A Mounds View woman has been charged with dozens of felonies after allegedly using her employers' business accounts for her personal use.
CARVER COUNTY, Minn. — A Minnesota woman is offering a $2,000 reward for the return of her 12-year-old cat Dot, who police say was stolen from her home by a delivery driver.

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ST. PAUL — Federal authorities announced Tuesday, Nov. 12, that four people have been charged in a scheme to steal more than $680,000 in funds from a program to help the homeless.
While collecting the benefits, the woman was observed participating in 30 to 40 dog-agility competitions where she was seen running, bending quickly at the waist, and using large arm movements, according to court documents.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A 75-year-old Cuyuna man will do some jail time, be on probation for two decades and must pay close to $41,000 in restitution to the local snowmobile club he stole from while he was the club’s treasurer.

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