Pet dog isn’t always a woman’s best friend

Evelyn Puffer

Contributing Writer

A Hinckley woman is facing a possible 28-month sentence for a residential burglary in Isanti County last September thanks to an investigation in two counties and a little help from her pet Pomeranian.

While Robyn Lynne Siedow Minich, 50, was entering the second story of the residence on Xylite St. and gathering stolen property, her pet Pomeranian ran off to a neighboring home.

The property owners next door found an identification collar on the dog and called the phone number listed for the owner. There was no one home but the owner proved to be closer than they expected.

When they let the dog go, it ran up the driveway to the house next door where Minich identified the dog as hers. The neighbors noted that Minich’s Durango appeared suspiciously full of property.

They returned home, called the son of the property owner and voiced their suspicions.

When the son went to the home, the Durango was gone but a window on the second floor was open with a bent screen lying on the roof and items placed just inside the home’s first floor door.

Responding to the burglary, an Isanti County deputy called the phone number on the dog’s collar and then Pine County Sheriff’s Dept. and learned the dog was owned by Minich.

She was arrested in Minneapolis the following day with a male companion, a vehicle full of stolen property including identification and bank cards from multiple victims…and her pet Pomeranian.

The vehicle was impounded and returned to Isanti County where 13 items stolen from the Xylite St. residence were found.

Minich was subsequently charged with 2nd degree burglary of a dwelling and possession of burglary tools, both felonies.

On March 24 she was sentenced to 28 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Shakopee. Judge James Dehn then dismissed the burglary tool possession charge and stayed the prison term for the burglary for 10 years.

She was placed on 10 years probation, fined $135 and ordered to serve 10 days in jail.

If she violates her probation she will be subject to the 28-month prison term.