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Police say a Lyle, Minn., woman is accused of brazenly walking out of an Austin home with $7 worth of the homeowner's soda, daring the resident to call police, the Austin Daily Herald reports.

So he did.

Police on the trail of the missing Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper chased down the car of Heather Fennell, 29, and arrested her on a theft charge, the newspaper reports.

At the jail, a meth pipe and 0.5 grams of meth fell out of Fennell’s pocket, a criminal complaint says.

Fennell was charged last week with felony fifth-degree drug possession, misdemeanor theft and petty misdemeanor drug paraphernalia, the Herald says.

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