Charges: Detroit Lakes pastor stole from liquor store, keyed customer's car

The 38 year old is facing theft and damage to property charges.
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The pastor of a church in Detroit Lakes has been charged after allegedly stealing alcohol from a liquor store and damaging another customer's car.

John Hastings Simonson, 38, of Detroit Lakes, was charged with misdemeanor theft and gross misdemeanor damage to property following the incident on Dec. 20.

According to the criminal complaint, Simonson – who is the pastor of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes – got into an argument with a fellow customer at Lakes Liquor in Frazee.

After the altercation, Simonson allegedly went outside and use a metal object to "key" the customer's vehicle, in the process causing $593.53-worth of damage.

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Police reviewing surveillance footage, which showed Simonson appear to reach near the passenger side of the car "with a shiny object and make a downward motion."

Further examination of the surveillance footage appeared to show Simonson approach a display of "shooters," before taking a number of them and putting them in his pocket.

He then left the store without paying for the goods.

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