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Agreement reached in theft case

A felony theft charge against a 37-year-old Alexandria woman who was accused of stealing $5,900 from her place of work, AJ's Restaurant in Osakis, has been dismissed.

As part of a plea agreement, Kristy Ann Heuchert pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor theft charge — taking property without consent. She entered the plea in Douglas County District Court on July 13.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 24 and will include other terms of the agreement.

Osakis police were notified of the alleged theft on Dec. 13, 2016 when the owners of AJ's met with an officer and told him they had noticed money missing from daily deposits since Nov. 1, 2016.

They provided a written log of the daily amounts that were missing, which totaled $5,900.

The owners explained that the restaurant doesn't make daily bank drops and they keep the bank bag with several envelopes of cash in a desk in an unlocked office.

When the owners discovered money was missing, they installed a camera in the office and said they observed Heuchert taking money from the desk drawer.

Heuchert began working at the restaurant in April 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer talked with Heuchert and she admitted taking money. She allegedly told the officer that the total amount taken since Nov. 1 was about $3,000.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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