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Worthington man arrested for allegedly stealing wallet, drug possession

WORTHINGTON -- An investigation of a woman's stolen wallet and personal identification led to the arrest this week of a Worthington man. Marcus T. Brown, 31, is charged with a firearm violation after a crime of violence conviction, fifth-degree d...

WORTHINGTON - An investigation of a woman’s stolen wallet and personal identification led to the arrest this week of a Worthington man.

Marcus T. Brown, 31, is charged with a firearm violation after a crime of violence conviction, fifth-degree drug possession, both felonies; financial transaction card fraud, a gross misdemeanor; misdemeanor theft; and possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both petty misdemeanors. A firearm violation conviction is punishable of not more than 15 years imprisonment and a fine not exceeding $30,000.

The charges filed Wednesday in Nobles County District Court are the result of an executed search warrant of Brown’s bedroom, where law enforcement allegedly discovered a woman’s wallet and personal identification that was reported stolen from her vehicle’s center console on July 2.

Law enforcement also allegedly discovered marijuana in a vacuum sealed bag, a Savage bolt-action rifle, $1,785 cash, 90 $1 bills, 4.06 grams of cocaine and various drug paraphernalia.

The search warrant was applied for after charge attempts using the stolen credit card were made at two Worthington gas stations. Surveillance footage captured a man who, from prior law enforcement contacts, officers believed to be Brown attempting to withdraw money at the ATM and leaving in a white Ford pickup. Officers observed Brown driving the pickup in the coming days, giving them further information to believe Brown had stolen the wallet.

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A felony assault conviction in 2016 in Cottonwood County prohibited Brown from possessing a firearm.

His bail was set at $15,000 with conditions or $30,000 without. His initial appearance in Nobles County District Court is scheduled for July 24.

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