A Minneapolis woman was charged last week in Hennepin County District Court with felony identity theft and five counts of burglarizing schools and senior centers.
The charges against Teyona Topez Jean Spinks, 24, stem from incidents that allegedly took place from March through August in Edina, Minneapolis, Champlin, Eden Prairie, White Bear Lake and St. Paul.
According to a complaint, Spinks entered Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Edina in March through a back door and stole teachers' credit cards. Police found that Spinks used the cards to make nine purchases totaling nearly $1,600. Also in March, Spinks allegedly entered Blake School in Minneapolis and stole items.
Spinks was filmed in April leaving an Augsburg College dorm. A few hours later, she was videotaped at a Champlin Target trying to use two cards reported stolen by students who live in the dorm. The items came to nearly $435, but both students got fraud notifications from their banks and the transactions were declined. Spinks left the store in a vehicle registered under her name.
On Aug. 4, a woman in an Eden Prairie senior center said cash and a card were stolen from her residence while she was away. Later that day, Spinks reportedly was videotaped using the card at an Eden Prairie Target. The same day, a woman at a White Bear Lake senior center told police that her credit card had been stolen, and Spinks was filmed using it at an Eden Prairie Target store.
In October, Spinks was arrested and police reported finding a driver's license and a card belonging to a resident of a St. Paul senior center.
"In total, [Spinks] possessed or used the identities of more than eight victims without their consent," the complaint said.
Neither Spinks nor her attorney could be reached immediately for comment.
Gabriel Sanchez is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.