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Hinckley Woman Arrested in Rochester for Alleged Car Theft

Hinckley Woman Arrested in Rochester for Alleged Car Theft Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.

April 22, 2019 11:35 AM

(ABC 6 News) - An officer with the Rochester Police Department was driving in the area of 11th Ave. SE Friday around 8:40 when her automatic license plate reader identified a car in a nearby driveway was reported stolen. 

The officer walked up to a 2013 Chrysler 300 registered out of St. Paul and found the vehicle empty. 

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The officer confirmed the vehicle was still stolen and called a towing company to get it removed. 

The tow driver asked the officer to back her car up so the stolen vehicle would be easier to access.

As the officer was moving her squad car two women got in the Chrysler.

The officer put the driver, 33-year-old Marion Marie Baca of Hinckley, in handcuffs. 

Baca told police the car was not stolen, that she had the keys and knows the owner.  

A second officer with the Rochester Police Department arrives and approaches the car and through the window saw a pipe used for marijuana inside the door. 

The car was searched and inside there was a black zipper bag in the driver’s seat which police say contained two bags with a total of  10 grams of marijuana, multiple bags which contained approximately 42 grams of meth, and 16 Xanax pills. 

Baca was taken into custody and is facing numerous charges, including: 5th degree controlled substance crime, 1st degree controlled substance criminal sales, 2nd degree controlled substance criminal possession and theft of a motor vehicle. 

Police say Baca was driving with a revoked drivers license and is facing lesser charges for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

Authorities said Baca has six prior convictions of theft of a motor vehicle in Minnesota going back to 2006 in addition to a 2nd degree controlled substance possession conviction.

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