Sharon Ann Macrunnels, 42, Annandale, has been charged with two felony counts each of first degree burglary and third degree burglary, conspiracy to steal by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.
Between Feb. 1 and April 5, officers from Morrison, Crow Wing, Benton and Mille Lacs counties investigated a series of burglaries and thefts, three of which were in Morrison County. According to the criminal report, Macrunnels and an accomplice drove around the rural areas of the counties, feigned car trouble, approached farm houses, knocked on doors, then checked outbuildings and homes. If they were unlocked and no one was home, they allegedly entered. If challenged, they would claim car trouble or say they were lost.
The accomplice would enter a building and steal items, while Macrunnels would sell the stolen items in pawn shops, according to the criminal report.
Incidents in Morrison County occurred Feb. 12, Feb. 16 and April 3. On March 15, Macrunnels allegedly went to the Iron Hill Pawn Shop in Little Falls where the proprietor directed her to leave the business as he suspected the items were stolen.
Macrunnels and her accomplice were arrested by St. Cloud Police April 4.
If convicted, Macrunnels faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and/or a $35,000 fine.