Hastings woman charged after attempted theft at South St. Paul church

| May 31, 2011

A 35-year-old Hastings woman, Katherine Anne Obinger, faces two felony charges – theft and a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree – after a May 24 burglary at a South St. Paul church.

According to the criminal complaint, South St. Paul police responded to a burglary in progress at a church there. It had been reported that Obinger had attempted to steal some electronic items from the church, but when confronted, she fled the church and drove off. An officer spotted the vehicle in South St. Paul and made contact with Obinger.

Obinger said she had been at the church, but did not steal anything. She let the officer search the vehicle. In the truck, the officer observed a hypodermic needle. When asked if she had an medical condition, Obinger said she had diabetes, but did not an any identification necklace or other object showing she was a diabetic. The officer observed a track on her arm and asked is she had used illegal drugs. At that time, the officer received information from other officers who had responded to the church. They told him that Obinger should be placed under arrest.



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