Woman faces theft charges in Dakota County, five other counties

Michelle Lynn Ciochetto

Michelle Lynn Ciochetto

An Owatonna woman faces a felony charge for trying to sell $5,635 in stolen jewelry at a Burnsville Pawn Shop in November.

Michelle Lynn Ciochetto, 31, reportedly sold two rings and a silver pendant with a pinkish stone to the pawn shop for $2,112. The items were later identified as stolen property from residential burglaries in Farmington and Lakeville.

Ciochetto faces a single felony charge in Dakota County with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine. She has pending charges in five other counties, including four felony-level burglary charges in Rice County.

The Faribault Daily News reports that authorities believe Ciochetto and another man were stealing items and pawning them off to support a heroin addiction.

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