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Man sentenced for baby formula theft in Alexandria

Leslie Gene Robinson, 61, was sentenced to 20 months in the correctional facility at St. Cloud, with 210 days credit for time served.

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ALEXANDRIA — A Minneapolis man has been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars worth of baby formula in Alexandria.

On Nov. 17, Leslie Gene Robinson, 61, was sentenced to 20 months in the correctional facility at St. Cloud, with 210 days credit for time served. He must also pay assorted fines and fees amounting to $125.

Robinson's sentence will run concurrently with any other cases he is currently serving time for.

Robinson was charged in Douglas County District Court with felony theft — theft of moveable property with a value in excess of $5,000. The maximum sentence for the charge is 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.

The charge stems from a trio of incidents in which Robinson is alleged to have entered the Alexandria Walmart and taken large amounts of baby formula.

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According to the statement of probable cause, the first of these incidents took place on Feb. 14, 2021, Robinson and an unidentified female pushed carts around the store, placing items in bags and totes, which they then pushed past the point of sale without paying for the items in the cart. Robinson also carried bags of merchandise out of the store without paying for them.

The stolen items included 174 cans of Similac baby formula valued at a total of $2,937.12, the statement read. Also taken were some clothes, a Mountain Dew, some baby food and two Sterilite totes.

The second incident took place on March 15, 2021, when Robinson and three unidentified females stole 69 cans of Similac, a tote and a few other items, the statement read.

The third incident took place on May 7, 2021, when Robinson and several unidentified females entered the store on two occasions, an hour apart, the statement read. This time they took 118 cans of Similac, a Sterilite tote and a few items of jewelry.

Robinson also has a long criminal history, with more than 80 cases disposed in the state of Minnesota, dating back to 1978, and many cases pending against him.

In one of these cases, the complaint for which was filed on Aug. 20, 2020, it was reported that Robinson has been responsible for more than $40,000 worth of baby formula theft at Target stores alone.

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