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Alleged Walmart theft of $2,298 in iPhones results in charges for Albert Lea woman

Porter was arrested in another county for reportedly stealing phones from a different Walmart.

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WORTHINGTON — A summons has been issued for Shannon Lashea Porter, 37, an Albert Lea resident charged with felony theft for a value greater than $1,001 after allegedly shoplifting from the Walmart Supercenter in Worthington.

On March 29, a Worthington Police Officer responded to a report of shoplifting at Walmart. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a loss prevention worker who stated she had identified Porter on surveillance video, reportedly taking two iPhone 13 Pro Max cell phones off the counter in the electronics department and putting them in her pocket. Porter then left the store without paying for them.

The theft happened on March 20. According to the complaint, the phones were later located in Porter's vehicle after she was arrested in another county for stealing phones from different Walmart stores. The total value of the two iPhones was $2,298.

The officer ran Porter’s information and discovered several warrants for her arrest from different agencies throughout the United States for similar felony theft offenses. Porter is scheduled to appear in Nobles County Fifth District Court on May 5.

If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

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