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Mason City man sentenced over a year after pleading guilty

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Police say they caught him stealing from the Albert Lea Walmart.

Posted: Sep. 14, 2018 1:12 PM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A Mason City man is sentenced for stealing from the Albert Lea Walmart.

Joshuah John Hockenson, 23, was arrested in June 2017 and charged with possession of burglary tools, 5th degree drug possession, theft, obstructing the legal process, and criminal damage to property. Police said he stole more than $600 worth of Walmart merchandise on June 25, 2017, cut a hole in the tarp of the store’s gardening section to get the items outside, and then escaped by using bolt cutters to cut the chain securing the store’s fence gate.

Albert Lea police said they then arrested Hockenson the next day when he was trying to steal another $500 worth of Walmart merchandise. Officers said they found methamphetamine on Hockenson when the searched him.

Hockenson pleaded guilty in July 2017 to 5th degree drug possession and obstructing the legal process. He twice failed to appear for a court hearing and was finally sentenced Friday to five years of supervised probation and must pay $2,377.70 of restitution.

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