Anoka woman pleads guilty to stealing meds at nursing home

An Anoka woman who admitted stealing prescription medication from the apartment of a resident of a Coon Rapids assisted living facility has had prison time stayed in Anoka County District Court.

In a plea agreement July 13, Jena Diane Marxen, 26, 2633 Wingfield Ave., entered a guilty plea to a felony third-degree burglary charge after originally being charged with three felony counts – second-degree burglary, theft and a fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

The court put Marxen on probation for five years after staying a one year and one day prison sentence, but she was jailed for 113 days with credit for one day served.

Probation conditions include chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, random urinalysis and breathalyzer testing on demand at her own expense, supply DNA sample, no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol and no contact with the victim, direct or indirect.

Marxen was ordered to do 30 hours of community service work for a year in lieu of a $300 fine.

The early afternoon of Jan. 23, a resident at an assisted living facility on 118th Lane N.W., Coon Rapids, received a phone call from what he described as a young voice asking him to go and see the on-site supervisor at a specific time, according to the complaint.

But when he stopped by the supervisor’s office he was told no such call had been made and when he returned to his apartment, he found a bottle of prescription Oxycodone pills missing from the kitchen table.

The complaint alleges that during this time a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at the facility had seen a woman standing around a corner peeking at the resident’s apartment.

While she did not know the woman’s name, she alleged that the woman told her that she was the fiancee of the resident’s son and was waiting for him.

The CNA gave police a description of the clothes that the woman was wearing and the resident allegedly identified his son’s girlfriend as Marxen, but he had not visited him that day.

Executing a search warrant at Marxen’s home, police found clothing matching that described by the CNA and 10 pills of Oxycodone, which were the same as those reported stolen, according to the complaint.

In a post-Miranda statement, Marxen allegedly admitted taking the pills from the man’s apartment and showed police where she had discarded the bottle on Highway 10.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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