Investigators believe two people last week broke into a car at 3712 Calhoun Parkway West, stealing a purse, a cell phone and credit cards, among other items.
Minneapolis Police and the FBI believe those thieves may have also broken into an FBI vehicle last Friday, stealing an agent's pistol, badge, credentials, personal credit cards and a watch.
Less than a week later, Milton Rucker Jr. and Tania Thompson stood before a federal judge in St. Paul, accused of stealing federal property and identity fraud.
Tracking the stolen credit cards, police identified the stolen cards's user and her car based on security camera footage from a gas station and a Target store. Police connected the car to the Calhoun Parkway robbery and to a failed break-in in Bloomington.
The FBI said they spotted the car parked in the driveway of a Cedar Lake Road apartment building. Answering the door, Thompson was arrested. Agents believe she matched the woman shown on the security footage. The Bureau said Thompson waived her Miranda rights and named Rucker as her accomplice in a number of other recent metro-area vehicle thefts.
The agent's gun, watch, credit cards, and credentials have been recovered, according to an FBI a press release. The agent's badge, though, and items stolen from the Calhoun Parkway break-in are still missing.