Lynn R. Krockenberger, 34, who has lived in High Ridge, has been charged with two felonies for allegedly stealing an Arnold man’s truck after he died of an apparent drug overdose in December. Krockenberger also allegedly failed to report the man’s death, authorities reported.
On Thursday (May 6), the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Krockenberger with stealing, a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, and abandonment of a corpse, a class E felony that carries a penalty of up to four years in prison.
It was not clear, though, if she was in police custody on Friday (May 7).
At 9:30 a.m. Dec. 25, Arnold Police were called to a home in the 2100 block of Park Drive about an apparent drug overdose and found a 49-year-old Arnold man's dead body there. No one else was at the house at the time, Cpl. Brett Ackermann said.
Investigators believe one of Krockenberger’s relatives called police about the dead man in the home. Investigators also said they suspect Krockenberger of stealing the man’s 1994 Ford Ranger after he died. The pickup still has not been located, Ackermann said Friday.
Arnold Police linked Krockenberger to the man and entered her as wanted for questioning about the case. She was arrested Dec. 28 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and an Arnold Police detective interviewed her on Dec. 29, according to the report.
Krockenberger was released after being interviewed, but on March 10, after an autopsy report was completed, Arnold Police sought the felony charges against the woman, Ackermann said.
Krockenberger, who also has a St. Louis address listed in court records, has a long list of prior charges stemming from incidents in Jefferson County and the surrounding area.
In 2014, Krockenberger pleaded guilty to felony attempted stealing of a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary and stealing, as well as misdemeanor stealing and fraud charges in St. Louis. The judge suspended her sentence, and after she completed a treatment program, she was placed on two years’ probation, according to court documents.