The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two vehicle break-ins in the Haverhill Wildlife Management Area and an attempt to use a debit card that was stolen from one of the vehicles.
MPs received a report on Wednesday at around 3:30 p.m. that two vehicles were driving in the administrative area at 1800 55th Ave. NE, were parked, had their windows broken and items stolen, said Captain Scott Behrns.
Fishing rods, a portable propane heater, and the vehicle’s radio were removed from a vehicle, resulting in a loss of approximately $ 300 including the replacement of the broken window.
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A second vehicle suffered a loss of approximately $ 400 including the window replacement.
A wallet was also stolen in the incident. About 30 minutes after the theft was reported, the owner of the wallet called MPs to report that someone had tried to use their debit card to buy $ 1,500 worth of computer game equipment from an electronics company in Rochester. The sale didn’t go through.
MPs spoke to shop clerks who referred to the card user as a white woman, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. The woman, who wore a dark hoodie and blue jeans, had brown hair and brown eyes, and was probably in her thirties or forties.
Surveillance cameras captured the woman in a full-size white four-door pickup truck with tinted windows and a plow attachment on the front.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or rochesterolmstedcrimestoppers.org.