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Woman arrested after purse was found in stolen vehicle

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A 36-year-old Carroll woman was arrested for felony theft Wednesday after her purse was found inside a vehicle that had been reported stolen two months ago in Manning, according to court records.

Katie Marie Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison if she is convicted of the charge.

Police officers located the vehicle — a 2015 GMC Terrain worth about $10,300 — at a rental storage facility on the west side of Carroll about 11:05 a.m., but there was no one inside it. The vehicle was towed, and officers found Johnson's purse inside along with drug paraphernalia, court records show.

She was arrested hours later near Maple River.

The arrest might jeopardize a deferred judgment Johnson received for theft in February 2020. She pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a credit card, a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison, for taking and using the bank card of a woman who dropped and left her wallet at Dollar General, where Johnson worked at the time in December 2019.

As part of a plea deal, Johnson agreed to abide by the terms of her probation for one year, which is set to end next month.

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