Cokato woman charged with theft

May 26, 2008

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Jacqueline Leann Kautz, 27, of Cokato was charged May 12 by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office with felony theft. She allegedly stole $2,222 from a safe in the Dollar General store in Cokato.

The manager of the store, at 200 Cokato St. W., called the sheriff’s department to report that the money from the sales of the day, Aug. 4, 2007, was missing, according to the complaint from the Wright County Attorney’s Office.

Wright County Deputy Andrew Fashant was assigned to the case. He reviewed records from the company that services the store’s security system.

Kautz, who was an employee at the time, allegedly used her security code to enter the store Aug. 5 at 12:12 a.m. and left the store at 12:21 a.m. She allegedly claimed she entered the store at about 2:30 a.m. because the security company called her about an alarm going off at the store, according to the complaint.

Kautz allegedly claimed the door was slightly ajar, so she secured it by getting keys from the safe, where the money is kept until it is deposited in the bank.

Fashant said in the complaint he believes Kautz was dishonest about the alarm activation and call, because there was no record of a back door alarm or call from the security company Aug. 5.

If convicted of felony theft, Kautz will be sentenced up to five years in prison, fined up to $10,000, or both.

Assistant Wright County Attorney Brian A. Lutes will prosecute the case.

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