Woman accused of theft from Runnings to appear in court
She was identified after another alleged theft.
WORTHINGTON — A Sioux Falls, South Dakota woman is set to appear in court next week on a criminal charge that she allegedly stole merchandise from Runnings in Worthington.
The theft was reported Jan. 31. Runnings staff told police that a woman had come to the register with a tote bag full of items. She put some things on the conveyor belt, and when the cashier began ringing up the merchandise, the woman ran out of the store with the tote bag filled with the remaining items.
Security footage showed the woman walking around the store with other people who were helping fill up the tote. Merchandise confirmed to be inside the bag was valued at $1,481.52, not including some other unidentified items.
The next day, Mankato police were dispatched to Scheels for a report of theft. A man and woman were detained, and the woman was identified as Janelle Bohlman, 36. They said they were staying at a hotel nearby. The man was found to be possession of illegal items, so police requested that a search warrant be executed on the hotel room.
Inside the room, officers discovered the items that had been listed as stolen from Runnings, with labels and tags still on them.
Bohlman was charged with felony theft, which carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. If convicted, she will be sentenced based on criminal history.
After being read her rights, Bohlman allegedly admitted to the thefts.