Stolen vehicle leads to drug discovery


A North St. Paul man was charged with vehicle theft after being spotted at the Red Wing Walmart with vehicle bearing stolen license plates.

According to a criminal complaint:

Red Wing police responded to a call 5:37 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, of a stolen green Ford Super Duty pickup. Joseph Michael Jeanetta, 30, approached the vehicle after leaving Walmart, notifying officers at the scene that someone else had the keys. The rear passenger window was broken out and covered with black plastic.

Katherine Elenor Macdonald, 23, St. Paul, was found with the keys after "acting suspicious" with Jeanetta inside Walmart, according to a Walmart asset protection worker. Jeanetta is listed as a trespasser at all Walmarts.

Jeanetta told officers that someone had loaned him the vehicle to take to Treasure Island. A review of Jeanetta's driving record stated his status as revoked.

Officers reported that they found various items in the vehicle, including a taser, seven hypodermic needles, two needle caps, package of bandanas with a Walmart sticker on them, a shotgun and two small, clear gem baggies yielding .80 grams of methamphetamine.

Officers transported Jeanetta to Goodhue County Adult Detention Center when he stated that he needed to go to the hospital after swallowing contraband. After being released from Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, he was sent to Goodhue County ADC.

If convicted, both suspects face a maximum of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Jeanetta's omnibus hearing is set for Oct. 19, with MacDonald's omnibus hearing set for Nov. 3.