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Austin woman pleads guilty to theft charge in Mower County District Court

An Austin woman who pleaded guilty to stealing over $1,000 from the home of an acquaintance in October of 2019 has been sentenced in Mower County District Court.

53-year old Joleen Carol Muhlbauer pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of gross misdemeanor theft as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced to pay restitution and perform 40 hours of community work service.

Austin Police reported that Muhlbauer was let into the home of an acquaintance in October 2019, went to an upstairs closet and took $1,200 that had been hidden beneath some clothing. She was arrested later the same day.

Muhlbauer was originally charged with felony theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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