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Mankato woman reportedly walked out with $2,215 worth of merchandise from Worthington store

The theft was reported by a Runnings Farm & Fleet clerk.

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WORTHINGTON — A Mankato woman is being charged with a felony count of theft after Worthington Police Officers received a report from a local business.

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After responding to a call from the local Runnings Farm & Fleet in Worthington, a store clerk informed officers that a woman had reportedly stolen more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the store.

According to the criminal complaint, security footage showed the suspect walking out of the store without paying for her items, before getting into a dark blue truck.

Officers located the vehicle shortly after, traveling on Minnesota 60 near Interstate 90. The vehicle was pulled over, and the woman in the passenger seat appeared to match the description of the Runnings security footage.

The woman was identified as Dawn Maria Collins, 55. She was detained and agreed to give a statement to officers, during which she reportedly admitted to stealing from Runnings Farm & Fleet. Collins stated that the driver of the vehicle was unaware of the theft and that she had also taken items from Walmart in Worthington.

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Collins was arrested and transported to the Nobles County Jail, where her bail was set at $1,000.

A review of a receipt from Runnings listing the stolen items reportedly showed that Collins stole $2,215 worth of merchandise. The investigation of stolen items from Walmart was still pending at the time the complaint was filed.

If convicted, Collins faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. She is set to make her initial appearance in court on Aug. 29.

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