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Woman pleads guilty to stealing from vehicles of Freeman High parents

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

Renee Mann makes her first appearance in court on September 20, 2017. Mann is the second suspect charged with stealing a purse belonging to a Freeman High School parent responding to the shooting at the school last Wednesday. (Joe McHale / KHQ)
Renee Mann makes her first appearance in court on September 20, 2017. Mann is the second suspect charged with stealing a purse belonging to a Freeman High School parent responding to the shooting at the school last Wednesday. (Joe McHale / KHQ)

Renee Mann, one of three people accused of stealing from vehicles parked near Freeman High in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 13 school shooting, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree theft and second-degree identity theft.

Mann, 37, was charged with 11 counts of theft after she allegedly stole a purse containing a wallet, keys to a Honda and personal checks and other items from a 2007 Volkswagen, according to detectives. Mann’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15.

As parents rushed to the school to check on the safety of their children, leaving their vehicles unattended and, in some cases, unlocked near U.S. Highway 27, investigators said Mann, Larry Flett and Nicole Jensen, who were headed to Spokane after a trip to the Coeur d’Alene Casino, took advantage of the situation.

The three were arrested five days later after detectives found the stolen items at Mann and Flett’s residence.

Mann told detectives she purchased items from Walmart and Fred Myer with the stolen debit cards, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Mann was given a $50,000 bond. Flett, who was charged with eight counts of theft, had a bond of $75,000. Jenson, who was charged with 11 counts of theft and one count of possession of a controlled substance, was also given a $50,000 bond.

Flett is scheduled for trial Nov. 27 and Jensen is scheduled for trial Dec. 4. According to the Spokane Superior Court website, Mann still has a trial date slated for Nov. 27.


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