Arrest follows alleged car theft from Hy-Vee parking lot

The accused reportedly said she felt guilty and returned the vehicle.

Amanda Spotted Horse
Spotted Horse

WORTHINGTON ― A woman was arrested last week on charges that she stole a vehicle from the Worthington Hy-Vee parking lot.

The vehicle's owner spoke with two Worthington police officers inside the store, and while one reviewed the security footage, the other went to the parking lot so the owner could show the officer where they had parked. When they got outside, the owner saw that the vehicle was now parked behind the WPD squad car, and it had not been there earlier.

While the owner and the officer talked, a woman approached the officer and asked for a ride to Luverne. The officer told her he would try to arrange a ride with a deputy and asked for her ID. Meanwhile, the officer inside the store provided a description of the thief, and it matched the description of the woman who was asking for a ride.

The officer outside asked the woman, identified as Amanda Spotted Horse, 38, of Pierre, South Dakota, if she had stolen the vehicle. Spotted Horse reportedly said she had, and was planning to drive it to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but when she was two miles down Interstate 90, she felt bad, and brought the vehicle back to Hy-Vee.

Spotted Horse was arrested and charged with two counts of felony theft, each of which carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. If she's convicted, Spotted Horse will be sentenced based on criminal history.


Spotted Horse was released from Nobles County Jail Nov. 24 on conditional bail at no cost. Her initial court appearance is set for Monday morning.

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