Minnesota Congressional candidate, 31, hoping to unseat Ilhan Omar is charged with ‘stealing $2,300 of items from Target during a single trip and $40 of goods from a grocery store’
- Danielle Stella, 31, was arrested twice this year over separate thefts in Minnesota
- Republican Congressional candidate is accused of stealing 279 products with a value of $2,300 from a Target store and $40 of goods from a grocery store
- She said she is not guilty and would not have run for public office if she was
- A police complaints alleges Stella remembers going to Target to buy goods ‘but nothing else’ due to post-traumatic stress disorder
A Republican Congressional candidate hoping to unseat Ilhan Omar is facing felony shoplifting charges.
Danielle Stella, 31, a supporter of President Donald Trump, was arrested twice this year over the alleged thefts of 279 items worth more than $2,300 from Target and $40 worth of goods from a grocery store in Minneapolis, The Guardian reported.
Stella reportedly described Minneapolis as ‘the crime capital of our country.’
She previously complained that local police were ‘overworked and overburdened’ and argued that she would work to reduce crime if she was elected.
Danielle Stella, (pictured), was arrested twice this year in the thefts of 279 items worth more than $2,300 from Target and $40 of goods from a grocery store in Minneapolis
Stella is a Trump supporter and a Congressional candidate who is hoping to reduce crime rates in Minneapolis and unseat Democrat Ilhan Omar
She told the news outlet: ‘I am not guilty of these crimes. In this country I am innocent until proven guilty and that is the law.’
‘If I was guilty of crimes, I would never run for public office, putting myself in the public eye under a microscope to be attacked by all political sides,’ she added.
The special education teacher is accused of stealing 279 products with a value of $2,327.97 from a Target store in Edina, which is south-west of Minneapolis, on January 8.
She was arrested over the alleged crime after security officers called the police.
Stella reportedly left the business and only scanned a few items that had a value of $50, according to a criminal complaint seen by The Guardian.
She allegedly told police that she ‘remembers arriving at Target to purchase items but nothing else’ as she had post-traumatic stress disorder.
She added that she ‘normally she goes to Target with someone because of anxiety around people.’
An arrest warrant was issued for Stella for alleged contempt of court on April 4 after she failed to show up for a court hearing in the January 8 Target case, the paper reported, citing police and court records.
According to the Guardian, she was later arrested on April 28 in Bloomington after she was allegedly seen by security staff at a Cub Foods grocery store stealing a bottle of tick spray for cats.
The special education teacher is accused of stealing 279 products with a value of $2,327.97 from a Target store in Edina, which south-west of Minneapolis, on January 8
Stella allegedly left the business and only scanned a few items that had a value of $50
She allegedly put other goods ‘under her purse so that they could not be seen.’
Officers later found out about the warrant for her arrest over her failure to appear in court for the alleged shoplifting incident on January 8.
She was arrested for alleged misdemeanor theft for stealing cat products with a vlue of $40.46, according to The Guardian. It remains uncertain as to whether officials will follow up the contempt of court accusation.
Danielle Stella has launched a campaign to represent Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.
According to an online profile, she s a staunch supporter of First Amendment Rights and ‘ identifies that the U.S. has a mental health concern disguised as a gun control issue.’
Danielle stands by her conservative values and firmly supports the President of the United States.
In one of the latest Tweets on her official page, she writes: ‘I’m honored to receive so much hate & effort to derail my campaign.
‘Now I know, more than ever, the #FakeNews media and twitter trolls are really scared of losing their terrorist supporting representative.
‘Motivated more than ever #BringTheHate #Stelle2020 #OmarMustGo.’