Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home invasion in Afton, followed van tracks in the snow to a homeless woman with drugs in her bra, and the suspect ended up with 68 days in county jail plus probation.
Kate Irene Oney, 34, of South St. Paul pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced this month to 180 days in county jail, 112 of which she already served, and her sentence of one year, one day in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee was stayed for 10 years, pending compliance with supervised probation.
According to the complaint:
At 1:29 a.m. Dec. 20, 2013, a deputy responded to 15th Street South in Afton for a burglary involving multiple intruders walking around his home.
Tracks in the snow led to a van with license plates matching the description given by the complainant. Coming head on, the van tried to evade the squad car but ended up stuck in a snowbank.
As backup was on its way, the lone deputy handcuffed the driver, who possessed a cigarette pack containing a baggie of meth.
One of the three passengers in the vehicle was Oney, owner of the van, who was jailed. She admitted to having a glass bubble pipe in her bra. A female corrections officer removed a syringe from the woman’s bra, as well as the pipe, which contained meth residue.
Another passenger had given the group directions to a house she said was abandoned and she had visited before. Oney, whose license says South St. Paul but who told deputies she is homeless, was looking for a place to crash for the night.
Oney described previous burglaries that occurred at the Afton residence, including theft of guns, ammunition and copper jars of loose change. The other passenger had allegedly been involved.
A box containing other stolen items were in the van, which had been impounded and searched. Credit cards and checks were found with the complainant’s name on them. Under a purse was another small baggie of meth.
Knives, crowbars and assorted hand tools were located in the van.