Oakdale woman sentenced in Woodbury theft case
An Oakdale woman who claimed drug use clouded memories of whether or not she stole from a car in Woodbury was spared a two-year prison term, but was sentenced to probation and jail for a theft conviction.
Nicole Bremer, 30, was sentenced Feb. 17 by 10th District Court Judge Gregory Galler to 89 days in jail. A 25-month prison sentence was stayed as part of the order, which requires Bremer to serve five years on supervised probation.
She was convicted in December 2011 of felony theft.
Investigators utilized DNA evidence to track down Bremer after a March 2010 vehicle break-in at Throwback's Bar in Woodbury, according to a criminal complaint. The vehicle's owner found her stereo ripped out of the dash, but also noticed two small flashlights sitting on the driver's seat.
Woodbury police swabbed the flashlights and sent the evidence to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. A forensic scientist with the BCA developed a DNA profile from one of the flashlights that corresponded with a female.
According to the complaint, investigators matched that profile with Bremer after running the sample through the state's DNA database for convicted offenders.
Police eventually spoke with Bremer.
"The defendant stated that is was not her custom to break into automobiles, and that she would only steal from unlocked motor vehicles," the complaint states.
Bremer later admitted to using "a lot of controlled substances" around the time of the Throwback's break-in and didn't deny involvement. She later gave the names of two accomplices from past thefts.
Oakdale police also connected Bremer to a 2009 theft after stolen property was found inside her suitcase, which had been ditched outside a hotel. The suitcase contained a $3,300 laptop computer.
Terms of probation require Bremer to pay her portion of restitution toward $4,050.
Bremer received credit for 89 days already served in jail.