A Minneapolis woman has been charged in connection to the string of thefts that revealed nearly 70 people had been victimized from multiple counties.

Maura Rose Cory, 30, was charged by summons last week in Steele County District Court with identity theft, receiving a stolen firearm and receiving stolen property, all felonies. She is the second to be charged in this case, the first being 24-year-old Trace Michael Stanley, of Owatonna, who was charged two days prior. Stanley was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, receiving stolen property, identity theft, fifth-degree drug possession and possession of a firearm by a felon, all felonies. He is also facing a gross misdemeanor charge of credit card fraud.

According to the criminal complaint, Owatonna police were notified Sept. 30 of two car break ins. One victim’s credit cards were reportedly used in Owatonna, Medford and Faribault.

Surveillance video allegedly shows Stanley purchasing a laptop and exiting a Faribault store with a female, later identified as Cory.

Officers located the duo at a motel Oct. 1 and saw them carrying items to a vehicle and a nearby dumpster, according to the report. Inside the dumpster, investigators reportedly found miscellaneous tools, golf clubs and an empty laptop box with a UPC code that matched one purchased with the stolen credit card.

According to court records, a Rice County investigator told an Owatonna officer that Stanley was a suspect in a vehicle break-in and theft of a .22 caliber rifle there, as well as a second vehicle break-in in which checkbooks from a business were stolen. Stanley is reportedly a suspect in cases from Waseca, Freeborn and Dodge counties as well.

During a search of the car, officers allegedly found checkbooks, a typewriter used for counterfeiting checks, ammunition, a .22 caliber rifle matching the one stolen from Rice County, a laptop with a serial number matching the one purchased with the stolen credit card in Faribault and two fraudulent temporary drivers licenses, one with Cory’s photo and another with Stanley’s, along with 66 stolen drivers licenses, and credit and Social Security cards.

Cory was previously convicted of felony theft in 2019 in Steele County. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 8.

Reach Associate Editor Annie Granlund at 507-444-2378 or follow her on Twitter @AnnieGranlund. ©Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota.

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