Police Blotter

Newton Police Department

• A 13-year-old Newton girl was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a report of a juvenile shoplifter at 12:10 p.m. June 26 at Walmart. She was charged for taking $27.77 in merchandise and leaving the store without paying. She was referred to juvenile court services.

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