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Wadena woman charged with stealing from employer

A former clerk at Orton's in Wadena was charged with theft in Wadena County District Court for allegedly skimming cash from the register.

According to court documents, Patricia Katherine Sanders, 44, of Wadena, took $8,688.17 over the course of four months in late 2011. After an inventory shortage at the store, a manager reported the theft, saying Sanders had sold items to customers and then pocketed the cash, rather than putting it in the till.

In December, Sanders was interviewed by police and allegedly admitted taking about $20 per shift in that manner.

Her first court appearance was scheduled for March 26.