NU woman faces two felony theft charges

NEW ULM — A 38-year-old woman living at the Affordable New Ulm Motel faced two felony theft charges in Brown County District Court Wednesday after allegedly stealing a motor vehicle in broad daylight Monday.

Shannon M. Minto, 1427 S. Broadway, allegedly stole a 2017 Ford Edge near 9th North St. and Broadway at about 2 p.m. Monday, later ditched the vehicle in Sleepy Eye and was found walking in the State Highway 4 ditch on the south edge of Sleepy Eye, according to court documents.

Shortly after 2:04 p.m. Monday, New Ulm Police talked with a witness who said she was walking out of a business when she noticed a female in the driver’s seat of her vehicle.

The witness said she asked the woman what she was doing and was told to “F___ off” and said “my key worked, it’s mine now” as the woman drove towards Broadway, then headed north on Broadway. The vehicle was reported stolen in New Ulm.

A few minutes later, Sleepy Eye Police heard a report about stolen vehicle, drove to the east edge of Sleepy Eye to watch for it. At 2:35 p.m., Sleepy Eye Police were advised by Brown County Dispatch about a female in the ditch without any pants on, in front of the Sleepy Eye Care Center on State Highway 4 on the south end of town.

Police found a woman without pants and shoes but wearing a long-sleeve, dark shirt in the Miller Sellner Implement parking lot, just south of the earlier report. The woman said her name was Shannon M. Minto, was in distress, not injured, had no ID, could not keep still, then laid down in the mud.

Police said the woman showed substance impairment signs and denied taking any drugs. Police noticed nystagmus in both of Minto’s eyes. She tried to run away, but police caught her and escorted her to the squad car. She cried, yelled and became angry, then tried to grab the face of an officer, which he evaded. Police drove Minto to the Brown County Evaluation Center.

Shortly thereafter, dispatch asked the officer to drive down Southdale St. S.W. in Sleepy Eye about a report of a vehicle with loud music. The vehicle matched the description of the stolen vehicle from New Ulm.


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