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Warrant issued for Twin Cities pair accused of baby formula thefts

WORTHINGTON – A warrant was issued for the arrest of a man and woman originally from the Twin Cities in regard to the theft of more than $2,000 worth of baby formula from the Worthington Walmart.

According to records, Curtis Watson, 34, and Deanna Pugh, 23, are currently in custody in another jurisdiction and are wanted for shoplifting in other areas. They were among four people arrested in Spencer, Iowa in October in a similar case.

Authorities received reports of similar incidents occurring at a Walmart in New Ulm.

A Minnesota State Trooper stopped a vehicle the day of the theft, with four people in it on U.S. Highway 59, north of Worthington. None of them had a valid driver’s license, so the officers gave them a ride to the Worthington Walmart. It is believed these may have been the same individuals.

During the course of the investigation, police learned a similar theft had taken place in Spirit Lake, Iowa with suspects in custody. Watson was questioned and denied having been in Worthington, but later admitted he had been cited for not having a driver’s license and got a ride to Walmart.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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