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Rural Bovey woman faces charges in attempted robbery

A rural Bovey woman was charged Monday in District Court in Itasca County with one count of first-degree aggravated robbery for allegedly trying to rob a Marble store Saturday with a shotgun.

Katrina Lynn Thoreson
Thoreson is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4.

A rural Bovey woman was charged Monday in District Court in Itasca County with one count of first-degree aggravated robbery for allegedly trying to rob a Marble store Saturday with a shotgun.

District Judge Jon Maturi ordered Katrina Lynn Thoreson, 37, held on $100,000 bail without conditions or $30,000 with conditions. She is being held in the Itasca County Jail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 25.

According to the complaint, Thoreson entered Ron's Corner Market on Saturday evening when a clerk and co-owner Constance Gangl were present, pointed a 16-gauge bolt-action shotgun at the clerk's face and demanded money. The clerk took money from the first till and put it on the counter but was unable to open a second till.

At that time, co-owner Ron Gangl entered the store and saw the gun. He grabbed the gun's barrel, pushed Thoreson into a corner, took the gun away from her and held it on her until law enforcement officers arrived.

"Thoreson pulled the trigger on the gun while Gangl was attempting to take it away from her," the complaint said. "A subsequent inspection of the gun revealed an empty 16-gauge cartridge in the chamber and a live round in the magazine."

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A breath test indicated that Thoreson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent -- more than twice the legal limit to drive.

According to the complaint, Thoreson has a misdemeanor theft conviction arising from an incident in which she was charged with felony check forgery.

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