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Four Arrested in Shoplift Theft

Four St. Paul residents were arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly stealing $1,700 worth of merchandise from Walmart. The individuals made their first appearance in Goodhue County District Court on November 15 for respective bail hearings.

According to a criminal complaint, officers responded to an emergency call after two individuals, one male and one female, pushed a shopping full of items through a fire exit of the store. The items were then loaded into a vehicle and the party took off.

When officers pulled the vehicle over, Lisa Marie Krey, 48, was driving. Officers also observed Ashley Rose Nelson, 27, Craig Steven Eide, 35, and Amber Starr Schaffer, 37, in the vehicle. During the traffic stop, officers contacted Walmart to get a better description of the subjects.

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The loss prevention officer alleged that a male, later identified as Eide, and female, later identified as Nelson, took miscellaneous items and loaded them into a shopping cart without looking at the price. The officer stated Eide and Nelson displayed “odd behavior” and were watched carefully via video security. The security footage shows two suspects exiting Walmart and beginning to load the items into an SUV. The footage shows a person identified as Schaffer exit the vehicle to help load the items with Eide and Nelson. Walmart stated the total price of the stolen merchandise was $1,716.38. Eide originally gave officers a false name. It wasn’t until officers searched his wallet…

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