Woman reports car break-in at Chester Woods Park

(ABC 6 News) – The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office is once again reminding residents not to leave purses and other valuables unattended in vehicles.

According to Capt. Tim parkin, a woman arrived to Chester Woods Park at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23.

She unpacked her boat and launched it into the lake.

At about 11:30 a.m., the woman began receiving text alerts that her credit cards were being used to make unauthorized purchases.

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Deputies discovered the woman’s car window broken. Her purse was missing.

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Parkin said the OCSO believes the perpetrator was watching the woman unpack and leave, as the credit cards were used very quickly after she cast off.

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The purse and phone were discovered in a ditch along 50th Avenue SE Thursday morning, where the perpetrator likely tossed them on the way into Rochester.

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The credit cards were used at Rochester businesses. Parkin said the OCSO is requesting more information from the businesses to try to find the individual who took the purse.