A 19-year-old Nowthen woman was sentenced Dec. 10 in Anoka County District Court for a felony theft conviction.
Carolyn Mariah Spratt was placed in the diversion program. She must perform 40 hours of community service work, pay a $315 fee within the next 120 days and she is on probation for two years.
Alisa Marie Hentges, 22, of Ham Lake was also charged, but her next court date is not until Jan. 7, 2013.
According to the criminal complaint, an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a Ham Lake business in the 13600 block of Highway 65 at 7:27 p.m. June 11 on a theft report.
The business employee alleged that Spratt and Hentges came to the business to ask him for help with their vehicle. Hentges claimed that she needed to stay inside to use the bathroom.
He later told police that he saw Hentges through the window motion to Spratt and that the back door of the business was open. He went inside and saw that the cash register was open, between $200 and $400 was missing and his wallet was empty. He had approximately $1,600 in his wallet, according to the complaint.
Hentges allegedly fled out the back door, while Spratt drove the vehicle away, which reportedly had two other passengers in it.
The employee told police he knew Hentges through a mutual friend and they had dinner the evening before. At one point, he let it slip that his rent was overdue and that he was going to pay his landlord the $1,400 he owed.
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