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Four arrested after Sioux Falls car theft

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WORTHINGTON -- The victim hopefully learned not to leave a wallet full of cash in an unlocked car, and the four South Dakotans accused of stealing the car hopefully learned not to boost a vehicle equipped with OnStar.

All four are facing felony charges after boosting a car in Sioux Falls, S.D. and driving to Worthington Saturday.

Darrell Wayne Jones, 24, Maria Shantel Leclaire, 22, Robert Joseph Stenseth, 21, and Tasheena Marie Jones, 20, are each facing a count of receiving stolen property and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Stenseth and Leclaire are charged with an additional count of receiving stolen property, Leclaire is charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession, and Darrell Jones is charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana.

According to the criminal complaints filed in Nobles County District Court, a vehicle stolen in Sioux Falls was being tracked by OnStar at approximately 5:50 p.m. Saturday when a Nobles County Sheriff's Deputy heard the car had been spotted near Adrian.

As he approached the intersection of Humiston Avenue and Oxford Street so he could head toward Nobles County 35, he heard another update stating the vehicle, a 2010 Oldsmobile Lucerne, was now on Oxford in Worthington.

While the deputy waited for the stoplight to turn green, a vehicle matching the description drove past.

The deputy stopped the vehicle as it entered the Burger King parking lot. Two men were in front, two women in back.

The deputy asked them to exit the car, and when they did so, the two women began walking away.

When told to stop, they continued to walk, so the deputy grabbed them both and escorted them back to his squad car.

Other officers with the Nobles County Sheriff's Office and Worthington Police Department arrived on the scene to assist, and all four were transported to the Law Enforcement Center.

The officer who searched and arrested Leclaire found $400 in her pocket and two hypodermic syringes in her purse.

Leclaire told the officer her brother Darrell Jones had pulled up in the car while she and Tasheena Jones were walking in Sioux Falls and asked them if they wanted to go for a ride.

Leclaire said Jones had given her the money, but insisted she did not know where it had come from.

The car, she was told, belonged to a family member of Stenseth's.

The needles were hers, she admitted, stating she had used drugs that morning.

Darrell Jones, who was found to be in possession of a pocket knife and some marijuana, declined to give a statement.

Stenseth claimed he did not know the car was stolen, stating he had gotten the car from a friend named Luke. Stenseth could not provide authorities with Luke's last name and said he had no knowledge of any missing cash.

The officer who transported Stenseth to the LEC, however, found a roll of $100 bills in the back of his squad after he removed Stenseth.

Tasheena Jones stated the men had picked her up and she had no knowledge of stolen cars or cash.

The victim reported a black bi-fold wallet containing between $1,200 and $1,400 in $100 bills had been in the car when it was stolen.

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