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Woman allegedly keyed truck

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington woman who allegedly keyed a pickup truck last month caused more than $4,000 in damages, according to a complaint filed in Nobles County District Court.

Johanna Renee Catalan, 22, was charged Friday with first-degree criminal damage to property, which carries a maximum sentence of five years incarceration and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

The complaint states authorities from the Worthington Police Department were called to a retail store Nov. 16 at 7:44 p.m. to investigate a report of property damage. The complainant said she went into the store around 7 p.m. and came back a half hour later to find her truck had been keyed and she thought she knew who had done the damage.

She told the officer she suspected Catalan, and that her truck had a custom paint job which would cost about $5,000 to repair.

The officer examined the truck and noted long scratch marks across the tailgate, along the driver's side from front to rear, across the hood and on the passenger side quarter panel. He checked the store's surveillance videos and saw the truck pull into the lot.

After the driver went inside the store, the video shows a woman wearing a black shirt with white writing approach the truck from about eight parking spaces away and walk around the vehicle close enough to be touching it.

The officer got a copy of the video and showed it to another officer, who recognized Catalan as a woman who had reported the previous day that the victim in the keyed truck case had broken the windshield of her car.

The investigating officer stopped several times at Catalan's residence and left several messages for her, but was unable to locate her to get a statement.

Catalan was convicted of disorderly conduct in May, along with a conviction of driving after suspension. She was also convicted of driving without a valid license in June, August and October. She owes more than $700 in fines to the Nobles County District Court.