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Court news: DL woman meets conditions, theft charge dropped; charge dismissed for Battle Lake man

The woman stole $2,200 in cash from the Detroit Lakes JC Penney store while working there as a cashier between March and October of 2020. She admitted to the theft and signed a confession in the police investigator’s presence, according to court records. Also, a Battle Lake man saw a felony dishonored check charge dismissed after meeting the conditions of the court.

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DETROIT LAKES — Desi Rose Swanson, 20, of Detroit Lakes, has had a felony theft charge dismissed because she has met the conditions in Becker County District Court.

According to court records, she stole $2,200 in cash from the Detroit Lakes JC Penney store while working there as a cashier between March and October of 2020. She admitted to the theft and signed a confession in the police investigator’s presence.

Swanson was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail or on electronic home monitoring at her own expense. She was fined $300 plus $300 in court fees and was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution. She was placed on supervised probation for five years.

On July 12, the charge was dismissed by Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, because Swanson had successfully completed supervised probation.

Conditions met, felony check charge dismissed

Robert James Loots, 51, of rural Battle Lake has had a felony dishonored check charge dismissed because he has met the conditions in Becker County District Court.

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According to court records, on Jan. 7, 2020, Detroit Lakes police learned that Loots had signed two checks for purchases at L&M Fleet Supply – one for $400.42 on Sep. 18, 2019, and another the next day for $216.83. The total was $617.25, and police identified Loots as being the person to use the checks after reviewing surveillance camera footage.

Both checks were on a Wadena Federal Credit Union account that had been closed several years earlier.

Loots’ sentence included a $500 fine, $650 in court fees and restitution of $666. He spent 101 days in jail. On July 13 the charge was dismissed by District Judge Michael Fritz because he successfully completed supervised probation.

Related Topics: BECKER COUNTY DISTRICT COURTPUBLIC SAFETYCRIME AND COURTS
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