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Clear Lake woman’s alleged theft spree comes to screeching halt after cops nab her at Target

Clothing in the Mason City Goodwill store

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake woman was chased out of Goodwill after tossing away the used clothing she tried to steal, then ran to Target to try her luck at absconding with DVDs.

The incident took place Wednesday evening, December 7. Mollie Kathleen McDermott, age 31, was arrested at Target at 4:46 PM for allegedly concealing $178.00 worth of DVDs inside her purse with the intent to steal.

Police say that MacDormott was at Goodwill earlier that day and was chased out by employees. At 3:11 PM that same afternoon, MacDormott is accused of allegedly concealing $42.00 worth of clothes inside her purse inside Goodwill in Mason City with the intent to steal clothing.

“Employees confronted her and she dumped the clothes but took off before police arrived,” NIT was told. Police soon located her at Target when the next theft was reported.


A few days prior, MacDormott was at Walmart in Mason City planning another caper and apparently used her speed and elusiveness to flee the scene after dumping merchandise.

Police charged her with fifth-degree theft for a reported shoplifting attempt at Walmart on December 2, 2016 at 6:06 PM. MacDormott allegedly concealed $93.00 worth of clothing inside her purse and left the store without paying for those items. MacDormott was confronted by employees past last point of sale.

“MacDormott allegedly got upset, emptied the contents of her purse for the employee to recover the clothing but fled before police arrived,” according to information relayed to NIT.

In summary, MacDormott was charged with three counts of fourth-degree theft (for the 3 different shoplifting events). Some suspected drug paraphernalia was also located on MacDormott at time of arrest and she was charged for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia as well.

Macdormott, Mollie Kathleen
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