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Austin purse thief gets probation

Police say they tied him to six different crimes.

Posted: Jul. 6, 2018 2:08 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – What started with a stolen wallet ends with five convictions and 10 years of probation.

Christopher Nathaniel Easley, 27 of Austin, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of simple robbery and four misdemeanor counts of theft. He was arrested on September 12, 2017, after Austin police said he stole a woman’s wallet from her shopping cart at Walmart.

Officers then searched a place where Easley was known to stay and say they found evidence tying him to multiple other thefts involving purses stolen from the Austin Public Library, Hy-Vee, McDonald’s, and Walgreen’s.

Easley was sentenced Friday to a decade of supervised probation, 64 hours of community work service, and must pay $655.21 in restitution.

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