WORTHINGTON — A Mankato woman is charged with one count of theft after Worthington police officers received a report from a local business.
After responding to a call from the local Runnings Farm & Fleet in Worthington, a store employee advised officers that a woman allegedly stole over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the store.
According to the criminal complaint, security footage showed the suspect exiting the store without paying for her items, before boarding a dark blue truck.
Officers located the vehicle shortly after, traveling on Minnesota 60 near Interstate 90. The vehicle was pulled over and the woman in the passenger seat appeared to match the description in Runnings security footage.
The woman has been identified as Dawn Maria Collins, 55. She was detained and agreed to give a statement to officers, during which she allegedly admitted stealing from Runnings Farm & Fleet. Collins said the driver of the vehicle was unaware of the theft and also took items from Walmart in Worthington.
Collins was arrested and transported to Nobles County Jail, where her bond was set at $1,000.
A review of a receipt from Runnings listing the stolen items reportedly showed Collins stole $2,215 worth of merchandise. The investigation into the items stolen from Walmart was still ongoing at the time the complaint was filed.
If convicted, Collins faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. She is expected to make her first court appearance on August 29.