One of two convicted in department store thefts

Published 6:40 pm Saturday, April 21, 2012

One of two area women charged with stealing more than $750 in merchandise from the Austin Walmart and Target stores last winter was sentenced Friday in Mower County Court.

Amanda Lynn Kraay, 21, of Blooming Prairie, was convicted of possession of shoplifting gear, a felony. She was sentenced to three years’ supervised probation, must submit to random chemical testing, not consume alcohol and complete cognitive skill training.

According to a court complaint, Kraay and another woman, Kelsey Kay Ball, were detained by loss prevention staff at Walmart on Dec. 18, 2011. However, because of store policy, staff could not hold the women because Kraay reportedly presented a box cutter as a weapon. However, when police arrived, Kraay reportedly complied with officers and told them where to find the box cutter.

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The women told officers they had been dropped off at Walmart, according to a court complaint, but video surveillance showed they had came by themselves in a car. The complaint said police found many unpackaged CDs and DVDs in the vehicle, as well as an Xbox 360 Kinect.

When police questioned the women, Kraay said the theft was not planned, but she admitted to bringing the box cutter so Walmart security could not detain her.

Ball told officers she and Kraay stole the items intending to sell them at Game Stop. She said they took the Xbox 360 Kinect from Target earlier in the day, according to the court complaint. Ball also said Kraay opened the packaging for the stolen items with the box cutter.

 —Amanda Lillie contributed to this report.