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Woman in theft ring banned from Target for a decade

STILLWATER, Minn. — A Woodbury woman convicted of participating in a theft ring will be prohibited from entering Target stores for 10 years as part of a criminal sentence.

Kristi Jean Hambleton, 24, was sentenced Feb. 6 in Washington County District Court to 10 years of probation and about four months in jail following a felony theft conviction.

Hambleton was among several people tracked by authorities during two months in 2012, when $12,913 in merchandise was stolen from Target stores around the metro area. According to a criminal complaint, the group was responsible for the theft of high-priced electronics and cellphones.

Six people were charged in the thefts. Police said Hambleton was responsible for stealing $5,040 in Target goods.

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