Woman cited for alleged gas drive-offs, arrested on warrant

A woman allegedly responsible for several gas drive-offs at the Kwik Trip store on Settlers Way was cited for driving after revocation of a license, driving without insurance and arrested on a misdemeanor theft warrant Friday.

Stillwater Police officers responded to a call from a Kwik Trip employee Friday that a red Ford Explorer with a female fitting the description of a person who committed an August gas drive-off was back and the clerk was concerned she would drive off again without paying for gas, according to a initial report. Reports state that the station has had three other gas drive-offs valued at $251.62 since then.

When officers arrived, one took the vehicle’s driver, identified as Crystal Blanchard, and the store clerk to the back room so they could talk, the report said. The officer states in the report that the clerk produced several still photos of Blanchard’s vehicle allegedly taken at the time of the drive-offs that clearly showed the vehicle’s license plate and Blanchard.

The report said when the officer asked Blanchard if she had committed the drive-offs, Blanchard allegedly admitted doing so. Blanchard reportedly told the officer that she could not pay for the other drive-offs though she had paid for Friday’s gas transaction, the report added.

After getting Blanchard’s identification, the report said the officer discovered it was only a Minnesota I.D. card and not a driver’s license. The report adds that when the officer asked Blanchard if she knew her license status, she allegedly said she believed it was suspended. Further investigation revealed that Blanchard had a Washington County warrant for misdemeanor theft and her license was revoked, according to the report.

After running the Explorer’s license plates, the report said the car Blanchard was driving did not have the title transferred to her, Blanchard could not provide ownership documentation or current insurance after she allegedly admitted driving the car to the station.

The vehicle was towed and Blanchard was taken to Washington County Jail. She has since been released.

MCF-Stillwater inmate charged in fight

BAYPORT — A Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater inmate was charged with one count of third degree aiding and abetting assault.

Jacob Curry and another inmate, identified in court documents as Damian Heinkel, allegedly assaulted a third inmate May 20. Court documents said correctional officers observed Curry and Heinkel punching a third inmate as the victim was reportedly trying to cover himself from the blows.

The victim suffered right facial and right eye injuries along with a broken nose and blow-out fracture of the right orbital bone.

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