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Four Minnesotans In Custody In Spencer, Accused Of Stealing Baby Formula

baby formula bottleSpencer, Iowa — Four people from Minnesota are in custody in Spencer, accused of stealing baby formula and tobacco products.

The Spencer Police Department reports that they arrested four people on Saturday evening, in connection with what they’re calling a “shoplifting spree” that involved retail stores in Spencer and Spirit Lake.

Spencer officers claim the foursome are from the Twin Cities area and have been going from town to town, hitting big box stores such as Walmart and taking hundreds of dollars’ worth of baby formula and tobacco products. Spencer officers say these items were then re-sold in the twin cities.

Charged with Second Degree Theft were 23-year-old Deanna Pugh of Wabasha, MN; 43-year-old Jozette Milton; 34-year-old Curtis Watson; and a 17-year-old boy, all from St. Paul.

The boy and Watson were also charged with possession of controlled substance-marijuana.

The adults were taken to the Clay County Jail in Spencer, and the juvenile was taken to the YES Center in Cherokee.

Second Degree Theft is a class D felony.

Spencer Police say more charges are expected to be filed from other agencies as the investigation continues.

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