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Northern Wis. woman convicted of store theft


RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A 41-year-old Arbor Vitae woman accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from the grocery store where she worked pleaded no contest Tuesday to three misdemeanors in a plea bargain.

Michelle Popenhagen was convicted of three counts of misdemeanor theft of more than $2,500, according to online Oneida County Circuit Court records. No sentencing date was set.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said two counts of felony theft and two counts of felony making fraudulent writings were dismissed in the plea bargain.

An attorney from the attorney general's office prosecuted the case.

According to Van Hollen, Popenhagen worked as head cashier at Save More Food Markets of Minocqua until June 2004, a job that required her to replenish cash in a store-owned ATM.

Popenhagen was accused of keeping $28,500 removed from a store safe instead of putting it in the ATM from July 2003 to June 2004 and of making false entries in store records, Van Hollen said in a statement Tuesday.

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