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Charges filed against alleged c-store robber

SLAYTON -- Charges were filed Thursday in Murray County District Court against Sasha Rae Jansen, also known as Sasha Rae Klepper, 19, of Slayton, who allegedly robbed the Cenex Convenience Store at knife point Wednesday morning.

Jansen is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, simple robbery, theft and receiving stolen property.

She is accused of taking more than $800 in scratch-off lottery tickets, 10 cartons of cigarettes and approximately $376 in cash during the robbery.

Bail was set Thursday for $15,000.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities received a report of the armed robbery at 3:55 a.m. Two Murray County Sheriff's Office deputies responded immediately to the store on Maple Avenue to assist the Slayton Police Department.

The convenience store opens daily at 5 a.m., and a clerk, the victim, had arrived to prepare food when the suspect entered the store.

The victim said she recognized the distinctive voice of the suspect, who had been in the store during early morning hours at other times.

When authorities watched the surveillance video, they recognized Jansen.

In the video, the suspect wore dark carpenter jeans, tan boots, a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a dark-colored stocking cap.

Deputies began searching for Jansen's vehicle, and found it at her residence on Court Street. The complaint states the police sergeant, who saw that lights were on inside the house, knocked on the back door for several minutes before a resident opened the door.

She told the sergeant Jansen was upstairs in her room.

The sergeant met with Jansen in the kitchen and asked where she had been around 4 a.m., explaining about the robbery that had occurred.

Jansen allegedly stated she had been home all night. The sergeant asked for and received from Jansen permission to search her room.

While he searched upstairs, a deputy received consent from the other resident to search elsewhere. In the basement, the deputy located a pair of tan boots that matched the ones seen in the video.

The boots had fresh mud on the bottom.

In Jansen's room, the sergeant found a large-bladed kitchen knife and damp clothing that matched the clothes the suspect had worn in the video.

The clothing items, the complaint states, were in plain view.

A deputy also located a portion of a scratch-off lottery ticket lying on the floor.

Based on the evidence, the sergeant applied for a search warrant, which was granted.

During the execution of the warrant, all items reported stolen were recovered, with the exception of the cash.

Jansen was arrested and taken to the law enforcement center, where she was read her rights.

She immediately asked for an attorney and the interview ended.

Jansen has a previous conviction in Murray County for harassment.

She was sentenced in February 2010 to one year of probation for that conviction.