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SCHUYLER – A 26-year-old Minnesota woman who attempted to cash a check without any identification at a Schuyler Family Dollar store in early December has been sentenced to prison for stealing a pickup earlier in Minnesota.

Colfax County District Court Judge Mary Gilbride sentenced Brittany Beecroft to three to five years in prison for her conviction of possession of stolen property in connection with a Dec. 5 arrest following a report of a suspicious person in the store, located at 320 W. 16th St.

Gilbride said the seriousness of the Beecroft’s crime and her previous criminal history were factors in sentencing the defendant to prison.

The defendant would be a “substantial risk” of reoffending if placed on probation, the judge told Beecroft during sentencing.

Beecroft was given credit for 114 days already served in jail in the case and ordered to pay restitution of $780.

According to court documents, a Schuyler Police Department investigation got underway Dec. 5 with Officer Cheyne Terrell and Chief K.C. Bang arriving to find Beecroft walking out of the store and standing near a Toyota Tundra with Minnesota license plates.

The woman was standing outside with a Hispanic male, Terrell wrote in his probable cause arrest statement. Store clerks said Beecroft had arrived at the store in the truck, according to the officer.

Shortly later as Beecroft and her male companion were walking away from the store, Terrell wrote, the police chief was notified the vehicle was reported stolen in Minnesota.

The Minnesotan was then arrested for possession of stolen property, the officer wrote.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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