Charges: Woman Stole Thousands From Target Stores

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 29-year-old Braham woman is accused of stealing nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise from several Target stores over the span of a month, according to charges filed Friday in Anoka County Court.

Leslie Jean Foyt was charged with one felony count of theft in connection with the incidents. She could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

According to the charges, a Target employee in their loss protection department learned that Foyt had stolen items from four different stores from Dec. 15, 2011, to Jan. 17, valued at nearly $2,000.

Foyt was captured by surveillance video on Dec. 15 stealing a Nintendo DS from the Lino Lakes Target. The video game system was valued at $243.97, according to the complaint.

Foyt was observed stealing a camera and a DVD player on Jan. 13 valued at more than $400 from the Target in Fridley.

On Jan. 15, Foyt was observed stealing a camera, headphones and a memory card from the Target in Cambridge. The items were valued at $676.96.

Finally on Jan. 17, Foyt was seen leaving the Target in Forest Lake after stealing multiple cameras, valued at about $600, the complaint states.

Foyt later admitted to police that she stole all the items from the Target stores. She said she had a problem with taking merchandise without paying for it. She said her husband would drive her to the Target stores and was aware of the thefts but didn’t have a part in the actual thefts. Foyt also told police she sold the stolen property for money to live on, according to the complaint.

  • Peyton, MPLS

    In some circles this would be called “wealth redistribution”.

  • christine

    My money would be on that she stole the items to sell for meth money. That’s usually how it goes. And if her husband knew what she was doing and drove her to the store then he is just as guilty!

    • insignificant

      nah, just plain & simply a thief ,eh?…a thief is a thief

    • DontTread

      How sheltered are you?

  • javier

    This made the news? dumb.

  • Justin

    Is this not another Theft by Employ case? wheres the other story about the one a few months ago? does the two cases seem a bit odd? two times from the same Crop.?

    • Justin

      Well maybe that was the same theft? was it?

  • Rufus Larkin

    She might claim she was “doing product testing on her own initiative”

  • Richard Cheese

    Pretty bad reporting, did she work at all these stores or just use her uniform to add in the crime? Not a lot of details.

    • hahalol

      One, the “uniform” is any red shirt and any pair of khakis. (Totally the worst part of working at Target–your wardrobe starts getting you stopped in the aisles on your days off if you stop in for a minute because you need to buy socks or whatever like any other person.) Two, the article does not state that she was an employee. Where are you all getting this?

  • Its Not a City Problem

    Doesn’t seem she has much of a problem taking things without paying for them. Since she’s a klepto, why not turn a negative into a positive by transforming the ill gained merchandise into cash? At least she stayed away from gambling and drug excuses which effectively leaves one half of one percent of her dignity in tact.
    How about some of that good homemade pie?

  • Always something to say

    When I worked for Target (one of the worst jobs I had) The manager told me that they wait for the employee to have stolen enough product that reaches a federal offense level before they fire the employee and call the police.

    • mike

      naw, he was wrong, theft is not a federal crime. and where are you and others getting the idea that this woman was an employee?

  • Tom

    they should pay their employees more so they can afford to live.

    • Haywood Jablome

      Nice try, Tom. But this is Target, not Wal Mart. This lady was stealing Nintendos, cameras, and memory cards. My guess is she wasn’t eating them. And if she’s resourceful enough to do this kind of stuff, she’s more than capable of getting EBT and/or WIC. Once again, the employer is the perpetrator. Go back to Beijing, commie!

    • Niki

      So we are blaming Target for someone stealing from them? Sounds like a cop-out if I’ve ever heard one. Sometimes you just have to pull up your big girl pants and take ownership of your own mistakes, aka stealing in this case. If she needed money she could get a job just like the rest of us are expected to, not enough money? Get a second job and welcome to the real world.

    • Jack Knoff

      Something along that line anyway. Perhaps that corporation should be more willing to take on part-time employees that work 8 to 16 hours a week instead of demanding ones that can work 35 hours. Perhaps then people could use this corporation as a viable second job to earn extra cash to live on to pay back debt, get some extra cash, or support whatever habit one may have.

      This is one of many retail establishments that can take their index fingers and insert them in their rectums from the CEO all the way down to floor managers that do the hiring. Shame on you, you self-righteous pieces of foo-dung.

      How about some corporate social responsibility in times that are tough, help some people out by being that second job for a few extra hours a week. Especially when you perpetuate and encourage over-spending with offering credit lines on every transaction you complete.

      It’s a golden shower for the executive staff of this establishment. I’ll be the first to pull down my zipper.

      • hahalol

        Well, that was gross. Thanks for all poop talk, bro.

        Again, I see no indication in the information provided in this article that the alleged thief was a Target team member. And internal fraud that nets the perpetrator a mere $2,000 at a company the size of Target is deeply un-newsworthy. (I don’t think this story is newsworthy at all, personally, but companies that size lose more than that in any given day. That’s why they have Loss Prevention departments.)

    • hahalol

      Where does it say that she was a Target team member? All I see is the article stating that a Target Loss Prevention employee was the one who caught her.

  • Uncle Rico

    Oh God NO!!!! Not 2k worth of merchandise from a multibillionaire corporation!!! 5 years!?!?!, pay it back, work it off, no more retail jobs for you. 5 YEARS? W-T-F!

  • js

    She wasn’t violent. She didn’t hurt anyone. She needs help, not a cage.

    • Les Johnson

      What sort of help? More money in her checking account? Not my problem.

  • Tommy Solo

    The “help” she needs is on it’s way-trust me!! ;-)

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  • mannex67

    Why did they have to observe her for a month before they mad an arrest?

  • cathy k.

    Ms Foyt has quite a criminal history, including many theft and some burglarys (even a domestic). She is on probation and has a warrent out of Isanti county. She needs to be put away for a period of time, instead of just getting her fingers slapped!!!

  • hahalol

    I don’t know, y’all. I did a brief stint as a sales floor employee at Target Midway in Saint Paul, and I’m opting to refrain from comment here beyond simply raising the possibility that this story may not warrant the title of “news.”

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