Spencer mother, children charged theft effort
STORM LAKE -- A Spencer woman has been arrested in a shoplifting scheme at the Storm Lake Wal-Mart in which she reportedly used her two children as lookouts.
Storm Lake Police were called to the store Friday afternoon on a report of shoplifters being detained by store personnel.
Wal-Mart employees reported that Dawn Trierweiler, 46, had allegedly removed almost $300 worth of merchandise from packages and hid them in her purse and under her coat, in an attempt to steal the items. They claimed that Mitchell Trierweiler, 24, and a 12-year-old girl -- both of Spencer -- acted as lookouts as the thefts were taking place.
Dawn Trierweiler was charged with fourth-degree theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $1,300 bond.
Mitchell Trierweiler was charged with aiding and abetting fourth-degree theft and was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $1,000 bond. The 12-year-old was charged with aiding and abetting fourth-degree theft. She was processed and released to a family member.
All of the stolen property was recovered.