Spencer mother, children charged theft effort

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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.

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  • If the 12 year old was also Trierwieler's daughter, how can they possibly charge her with anything? She's 12 and her mother told her to do it. Could she really say no? I hope they drop the charges against her and add child endangerment or something to the other two.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Feb 12, 2015, at 8:30 AM
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