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Woman accused of damaging SCSO squad

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Skylah Conner
Kay Fate, Staff Writer

A woman faces several felonies after authorities say she damaged multiple vehicles at a car dealership – including a Steele County Sheriff’s Office squad.

Skylah CJ Conner, 20, of Owatonna, has been charged with third-degree attempted burglary, first-degree damage to property, and possession of burglary or theft tools, all felonies. She also faces one count of tampering with a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

She was conditionally released from custody without bail and is due back in court on Jan. 8.

The case began the evening of Nov. 19 with a report of suspicious activity at the dealership.

An officer met with a witness, who saw a woman banging something “like a crow bar” against the side of the building “like she was trying to break in,” the report says. When the witness asked what she was doing, the woman shrugged and walked away, leaving behind a broken window frame and screen.

Another officer spotted the woman – later identified as Conner – on the other side of the building.

A search of the area turned up a six-inch piece of metal with fresh silver metal scrapings at the ends. Several of the vehicle had fresh handprints in the dust surrounding the door frames and windows, the report says, “consistent with someone checking to see if the doors were secured.”

An SUV had multiple deep scratches, as if someone had attempted to pry open the small trunk compartment.

The vehicle with the most damage was a 2020 SUV, a fully marked sheriff’s office squad vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, the taillights were broken out, there were deep scratches on the headlight, dents on the hood, and deep scratches on the passenger side window.

The total repair estimate for just the squad is nearly $9,800.

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