Stolen items included U.S. Marine vehicle

Two women are charged with ransacking vehicles in Burnsville and stealing one — a Chevrolet Malibu belonging to the Marine Corps Recruiting Center.

The alleged crimes occurred on Oct. 1 in the Heart of the City parking ramp, 12700 Nicollet Ave. S., and in an apartment parking ramp at 301 McAndrews Road.

The women, 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Burrington of Minneapolis and 33-year-old Tonya Anname Losh of Fridley, are each charged with motor vehicle theft, property theft and first-degree criminal property damage, all felonies.

According to criminal complaints, Losh admitted  to police she’d driven Burrington to the Heart of the City ramp after Burrington told her she needed to “make some money.”

A Marine Corps Recruiting Center employee called police Oct. 1 to report that the government-owned 2010 Malibu was missing from the Heart of the City ramp.

Four other people reported thefts from vehicles in the ramp, including another government vehicle with two broken windows and a stolen gas card, complaints said. Items stolen from the vehicles also included a 32-inch TV, a compound bow, a fishing system and a gym bag.

Police tracked the Marines’ Malibu through its GPS system. Fridley police arrested the two women after they parked it outside a Fridley apartment complex. Burrington had been driving.

The government license plates had been replaced with plates stolen from a vehicle in the apartment ramp, complaints said.

Three other people reported their vehicle windows had been broken. The only thing reported stolen was a set of keys for a storage locker.

Several items of stolen property from the Heart of the City ramp were found inside the Malibu, complaints said. Burrington admitted to stealing the car and other items in the ramp, and to “stealing the license plate off another vehicle in Burnsville,” complaints said.

Losh admitted to pawning the TV Burrington had stolen, they said.

Surveillance video from the ramp shows the pair arriving in a green SUV and Burrington placing bags full of items into it. It shows her later driving away in the stolen Malibu.