Details On Omar Challenger’s Alleged Crime Spree: 279 Target Items, DUI, Contempt Of Court, And Tick Spray

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:

In January, she was arrested on felony shoplifting charges after she allegedly stole 279 items valued at $2,327.97 from an Edina Target. According to a criminal complaint, Stella scanned only $50 worth of items at a self-checkout before leaving the store.

She told officers she remembered “arriving at Target to purchase items but nothing else due to her PTSD,” according to the complaint.

Just over three months later, Stella was arrested again. On April 28, security staff at a Cub grocery store in Bloomington called police after witnessing Stella steal $40 worth of cat food and supplies at a self-checkout, according to a police report. Stella told an officer she forgot to pay for the food.

The New York Post reports:

“I am not guilty of these crimes. In this country I am innocent until proven guilty and that is the law,” the special-education teacher said.

“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,” added Stella, who this week described Minneapolis as “the crime capital of our country.”

An arrest warrant was put out for Stella for alleged contempt of court on April 4 after she failed to show up for a court hearing in the Jan. 8 Target case, the paper reported, citing police and court records. On April 28, she was arrested in nearby Bloomington, Minnesota, for allegedly stealing a bottle of tick spray for cats.

The Guardian reports:

Stella’s candidacy has attracted interest from the far-right conspiracy website InfoWars, which broadcast an interview with her this week. Stella laughed and nodded as the host, J Owen Shroyer, called Omar “a witch” and said: “Everything about her is a fraud.”

Describing Minneapolis during the interview as America’s “crime capital”, Stella falsely claimed that crime in the city had risen by 80% over the past year. According to Minneapolis police data, there has been a 10.7% uptick in serious crime year-on-year, following a 16.5% decline in 2018.

Court records say that in 2009, Stella pleaded guilty to driving while impaired from alcohol and fleeing a police officer. The latter charge was prosecuted as a felony but later classified as a gross misdemeanour as part of Stella’s plea.