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Hobby Lobby shoplifter sentenced to 120 days

MINOT, N.D. -- A 22-year-old Minot man will serve 120 days in jail for shoplifting $4,000 in property from the Hobby Lobby in Minot last month.

Dustin Finley Johnson pleaded guilty to Class C felony theft of property on Thursday, Feb. 1, in district court in Minot, according to court records.

Judge Richard Hagar sentenced him to three years in prison, with a requirement that Johnson serve 120 days in jail. He will receive credit for 29 days already served. He will be on supervised probation for three years. He was also ordered to pay $1,113.99 in court costs and have no contact with Hobby Lobby.

The incident began with a 7 p.m. call on Jan. 3 from Hobby Lobby for a report of a male shoplifter. When officers arrived at the store they discovered a shopping cart with approximately $4,000 worth of merchandise overturned in the parking lot. Johnson attempted to flee with the shopping cart, which became stuck in the snow in the parking lot and overturned. He had been taking items over the course of seven hours.

In addition to the merchandise, police found several personal items belonging to Johnson, including a wallet containing identification. Using that information police proceeded to Johnson’s residence and made an arrest.