Woman charged in theft incident at Apple Valley Goodwill

A woman accused of shoplifting from the Goodwill store in Apple Valley – and then accosting people in the parking lot, asking them to assist in her getaway – has been charged with felony attempted theft in district court.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the thrift store located at 7320 W. 153rd St. on July 24 on a report of a woman – later identified as 43-year-old Annette Martinez Gutierrez of Shakopee – placing DVDs, bandages and clothing items in a handbag and then exiting the store without paying.

Store security followed Martinez Gutierrez into the parking lot and asked her to come back inside, but she refused, and she then began “running around the parking lot attempting to get people to drive her away from the scene,” the complaint said.

By the time police arrived, store security had managed to bring Martinez Gutierrez inside the store. The total value of the items she allegedly stole was less than $100.

After placing Martinez Gutierrez under arrest and seating her in the squad car, the responding officer was approached by a “visibly shaken and upset” woman who reported that, moments earlier, Martinez Gutierrez had attempted to steal her purse.

According to the victim’s account, she was talking on her cell phone in her vehicle when Martinez Gutierrez opened the front passenger door and grabbed the wallet and purse in the front seat.

The two woman struggled over the purse briefly, until finally Martinez Gutierrez let go of the items and began pulling on the victim’s arms and hands “in what she believed was an attempt to pull her out of the car,” the complaint said.

Martinez Gutierrez has been charged with attempted theft from person, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. She’s also charged with misdemeanor theft under $500, which carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.