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Shoplifting suspicion leads to marijuana bust

A shoplifting suspect also faces a felony drug charge after police found several live marijuana plants in her car after a police pursuit. Angela Dawn Owen, 28, faces felony charges of possessing a controlled substance and first-degree burglary an...

A shoplifting suspect also faces a felony drug charge after police found several live marijuana plants in her car after a police pursuit.

Angela Dawn Owen, 28, faces felony charges of possessing a controlled substance and first-degree burglary and misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.

According to the criminal complaint filed April 17 in St. Louis County District Court in Duluth:

* On April 13, Kohl's store employee watched Owen take a pair of shoes, a pair of jeans and a shirt. As Owen left the store, the employee identified himself and tried to stop her. Owen ran into the woods and then back into the parking lot. When the store employee tried to detain Owen, she yelled, "Fine, have them back," and removed the shoes and jeans she was wearing, throwing them at the employee. She then got into a car with another woman and left.

* Owen drove to Miller Creek Condominiums, followed by a police officer who had responded the shoplifting call. Owen drove into an open garage and closed the door before the officer could stop her. The officer went to the front door and explained what was happening to the homeowner, who let the officer into the garage.

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The homeowner said he didn't know Owen or her companion, who authorities haven't charged with any crime. Owens was dressed only in a shirt and underpants, explaining that she had taken her pants off at Kohl's and "gave them back to them." She also produced a shirt with a Kohl's price tag still on it from beneath the shirt she was wearing.

* When authorities searched Owen's car they found several live marijuana plants. Owen acknowledged they were her's.

Owen posted $3,000 bond on Tuesday. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 7.

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