Charges: Woman Breaks Into Mankato Church, Destroys Room

(Mankato, MN) – A 23-year-old Mankato woman is facing a handful of criminal charges after allegedly breaking into a Mankato church.

Emily Ann Riley is accused of two counts of theft, receiving stolen property and giving a police officer a false name.

Mankato Police say they were called to the Centenary United Methodist Church on Sunday after Riley had been found sleeping in a room that she had “destroyed.”

Police say Riley was behind a shelf and on top of costumes that are used in church plays and appeared to be under the influence of illegal narcotics, with signs indicating methamphetamine usage. She gave them two false names before they were able to ascertain her actual identity, and discovered she had two warrants out for her arrest for drug crimes.

Police say they also found her to be in possession of a Google Chromebook, a backpack and a book of CDs, all of which had been stolen from a vehicle earlier in the day.

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