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Two woman charged in Walmart cell phone heist

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Two Twin Cities-area women have been charged with felony theft in connection with allegedly stealing a large number of cell phones from Walmart in New Richmond.

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Yolanda Louisa Coombs, 26, Minneapolis, and Tiara Lashon Ligon, 24, St. Paul, made initial appearances in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 26, and were each ordered to post $10,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing for both was set for Friday, Aug. 30.

The criminal complaint said on Aug. 25, New Richmond Police investigated a report by the New Richmond Walmart manager that the women had taken 20 to 30 cell phones from the electronics area and walked out without paying for them. They allegedly broke the locked glass door on the cell phone display case.

Coombs’ car was stopped by a Sheriff’s deputy at a dead end on Lenertz Road in the Town of Hudson, and the driver and passengers were taken into custody. The criminal complaint said the people in the car threw bags out the window in the pursuit. Cell phone boxes were observed in the vehicle.

Court records said UPC codes on the cell phones recovered had a total value of $11,865.

The New Richmond Walmart store had been notified by its global loss prevention division that a ring of thieves known as the “Sunrise” group had been hitting Walmart stores along I-94 in Illinois through Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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