Alleged Grand Meadow beer bandit charged

Published 7:28 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Grand Meadow woman who was allegedly thirsty for beer appeared on Tuesday in Mower County District Court.

Athena Sue Morse, 43

Athena Sue Morse, 43, was charged with felony second-degree burglary of a dwelling and misdemeanor providing a false name/date of birth to a peace officer.

According to the court report, the owners of a home in the 500 block of Elliot Drive Southeast in Grand Meadow received a message while they were away on Sept. 10 telling them to call their neighbor, who told them they’d seen Morse enter their garage and walk out with a couple of bottles of beer. She got into a Nissan Murano and then a man got out, went into the garage and came out with a 12-pack of Michelob Golden light beer.

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The homeowners called law enforcement and returned home. During the investigation, the Nissan Murano arrived at Morse’s sister’s home across the street. The vehicle stopped in the middle of the street, where it ran out of fuel.

A deputy approached the vehicle and asked Morse her name and she gave him her sister’s name. When she exited the Murano at the deputy’s request, the deputy saw an open Michelob Golden light beer bottle on the floor. It was still cold to the touch and a small amount of beer was still in it.

Morse was intoxicated and denied knowing anything about the beer, but when the deputy asked why law enforcement was there she answered, “Because I went and took his beer.”

She stated she had no good reason for entering the garage and taking the beer, but admitted to doing so.

The deputy learned Morse had given him a false name when her sister arrived at the car.

The man Morse was with initially denied taking the beer, but later admitted to doing so.