HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 34-year-old Hastings woman is accused of stealing music equipment from a South St. Paul church, pawning it off and also possessing drugs, according to charges field on Dakota County District Court on Friday.

Katherine Anne Obinger was charged with theft and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

According to a criminal complaint, South St. Paul Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a South St. Paul church. It was reported that Obinger attempted to steal electronic items from the church but fled when confronted.

Police located Obinger based on a description of the vehicle she was driving and confronted her. She denied stealing anything from the church and offered a search of her car. During that search, an officer found a drug needle that she said was for diabetes.

She didn’t supply any proof of being a diabetic, and at that time, the officer was contacted by another officer who said Obinger should be placed under arrest.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found several pills in the center console, a glass pipe with residue, a copper scourer, a scissors with “office” labeled on it with burnt ends, a “push pull,” a web cam and a “net gear” modem.

Obinger told police she had been at the church that day to go through the music file drawers. She eventually broke down to police that she was a crack user and had intended to steal electronic equipment from the church that day, including three speakers, and pawned the items for $200.

Testing of the pipe showed the presence of cocaine, according to the complaint.

If convicted on both offenses, Obinger faces up to 10 years in prison and/or $20,000 in fines.

Comments (21)
  1. truth says:

    She looks 50, so sad

    1. Yes, it is sad says:

      I have worked with those who are addicted to drugs and it is sad that they do age beyond their years right before your eyes. It is sad.

  2. Good Ol Boy says:

    Doesn’t make me sad. Makes me angry. She chose to be a crackhead. It isn’t something that happens to you not of your own free will. There is no pity for her.

  3. She's 34? says:

    She’s 34? I would have guessed she be much older based on her picture.

  4. yuck says:

    Enjoy your time in hell cutie…..(JK….about the cutie part)

  5. WWJD says:

    Too bad she couldn’t afford rush limbaugh’s attorney.

  6. doug says:

    Yuck. Someone beat her with an ugly stick.

  7. Good Ol Boy says:

    Stealing should be a capital offense. IF IT’S NOT YOURS, LEAVE IT ALONE.

  8. coolbreeze says:

    This poor gal is proof of how drugs can mess up your life…and quicklyt. I’ll bet this is her first brush with the law, but who knows. Maybe I’m only hoping she’s a good person with a new drug problem. While she had no business getting involved with drugs in the first place, she got in over her head soooooo fast. Get your act together honey…you already look 20 years older than you are.

    1. Good Ol Boy says:

      She chose to smoke crack. That means her decision-making is already whacked. I’m not holding out any hope of her having a recovery or of leading any sort of productive life.

      She fell off track, started smokin the crack… Game over.

    2. me says:

      Thank you for showing some compassion. She needs help and to held accountable. Maybe while in jail, she can take this opportunity to reflect and get on the right track.

    3. M says:


      – Dakota-West St. Paul

      Speeding-Petty Misd
      Converted Closed

      SPEED 40/30


      – Washington-Stillwater

      Crim/Traf Mandatory

      Check Forgery-Offer/Possess W/Intent to Defraud
      Give Court Official Name/DOB of Another-G

    4. babs says:

      actually 4th offense!!

  9. Phil Mcrackin says:

    Budwiser girl. Not a nice body Budwiser her face so ugly.

  10. VugVee says:

    lol, she doesn’t like light she is the brightest bulb in the pack lol.


  11. HHH says:

    Psalm 14: 1-3 says, “They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
    there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
    to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”
    I would like to point out that this verse applies to all of us, not just the woman in the picture. The comments by the people on this board prove the wickedness and lack of compassion by people in our society. There is not a person out there who does not suffer because of mistakes they made, and when we show others compassion and understanding, we are really demonstrating an understanding that it is only by God’s grace that we are not destitute ourselves. The true ugliness was not in the outward appearance of that woman’s picture, but rather the inward nature and vileness of many who commented on this board. Remember, the Bible says that we all will be judged, and the mercy shown us will be given in proportion to the mercy we show others.

  12. Dave says:

    34? Whoa! Maybe more like 64?

  13. sd in plymouth says:

    Hey Truth, I’m 50 and I look better than that. I have a sister who is 1 year younger than me and was/is A crack user. No one thinks she is younger than 60. She was very beautiful once. Very sad for our whole family.

  14. Dave Seavy says:

    Compassion seems to be a thing of the past these days. Those who lack it have a nack for putting themselves about everyone else, their own faults shoved under the carpet. Yes, an addict chooses that path – no doubt about it. But we seem to have so many “perfect” people in Minnesota that sit in judgement of everyone else. I wonder how they would react if something like this happened to their son, daughter, etc. This woman should be prosecuted, but she also should get some professional help to hopefully get off the drugs and stay off.

  15. whitey says:

    Now who am i gonna sell my crack to?

  16. Second chances are for everyone says:

    It’s sad to see there are people out there who have enough negativity to write reviews and pass judgements on people they don’t know or know anything about. She’s on drugs-this is what drugs do to people and appearance! But she has HOPE, and a real chance at making the choice to turn her life around and be a productive member of the community. I pray she knows this is rock bottom and will go to rehab to get the mental help she needs to life a life worth living.

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