Malissa Joy Strack, 46, Little Falls, was charged June 10, with one felony count of receiving stolen property by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.
On June 6, a Morrison County investigator received a tip from the St. Cloud police that stolen property which included tools and construction equipment, valued at $10,000, could be found at Strack’s residence. The stolen goods would be in a trailer marked with the owner’s name.
Strack’s son was named as a person who may have possession of some of the stolen property. He cooperated with police and allegedly said his mother wanted him to sell some construction equipment for her at a garage sale. The construction business’ name was on the items.
A search warrant was obtained for Strack’s residence and executed. Multiple items stolen from St. Cloud businesses were located in sheds and outbuildings on the property. Those items included a ladder, extension cords, a propane hose and other items with the name of the construction company. Other items included a propane heater, tools, barn fan, nails and screws, an ATV, scaffolding and more.
During the search of the property, a vehicle approached and left quickly. When later contacted, officers determined the driver was Strack’s husband. He allegedly told officers Strack does not stay there often and that he had no knowledge of stolen items at the residence other than she and others she knows had been putting items in the sheds.
Strack’s husband said he had no knowledge of where Strack was.
At another residence in Freedhem, officers found several items that were allegedly brought there by Strack’s son.
Strack’s husband told police where he thought they could find her. She was located and arrested.
According to the criminal complaint, Strack told officers she had been asked to hold on to the items, but never hid them. She said she got the items from a guy who said he owned a repo company. Throughout the conversation with police, she said she thought she was just helping someone out and was not aware the items were stolen.
On June 7, when Strack was being sought, a sheriff’s deputy went to the residence where she was supposedly living. She was located and arrested for probable cause regarding the possession of stolen property.
Strack was also charged with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance for the three baggies of suspected marijuana, unidentified blue pills and a white crystal-like substance found in the home. Also found were a gram of methamphetamine and a pipe, bong, mirror and miscellaneous paraphernalia which all field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
If convicted, Strack faces a maximum penalty of not more than 10 years in prison and/or $20,000 in fines.