According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a man found the person who broke into his wife’s car at Buck Hill and stole her $500 purse and wallet containing $400 in gift cards and cash after doing his own detective work at Burnsville Center Mall nearby.
From the complaint:
On January 13, 2012 at approximately 6:03 p.m., Burnsville police officers were dispatched to the Buck Hill ski area in the city of Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota, on the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim, D.A.A., told officers that someone had broken out the window on her vehicle and removed a Coach purse, Coach wallet, and miscellaneous other items which belonged to her. The purse also contained $200 cash and a $200 Macy’s gift card, and the purse and wallet themselves were valued at over $500.
While in route to Burnsville Police Department, the victim and her husband stopped at the Burnsville Center to look into some of the charges since it was on the way to the police station. D.A.A.’s husband stopped at the T-Mobile store where they knew that D.A.A.’s credit card had been declined for a charge of over $600. The clerk at the T-Mobile gave a detailed description of the two females associated with that declined transaction. D.A.A.’s husband then saw a woman outside the store matching the description of one of the two women who had been involved in the declined transaction. He also noticed that she was carrying a purse of the same style as his wife’s stolen purse. D.A.A.’s husband then approached the woman, later identified as Jennifer Elizabeth Martin, DOB: 12-10-75, hereinafter referred to as defendant, and asked to see her purse and explained how his wife’s purse was recently stolen.
When he asked her about the Macy’s bag and merchandise she had with her, as his wife’s card was fraudulently used at Macey’s and he thought the circumstances were suspicious. The defendant told D.A.A.’s husband that she bought the items at Macy’s with cash. The victim’s husband then took a distinctive hat that the defendant was wearing to the T-Mobile store and the clerk identified it as the same hat she was wearing during the transaction. At about this time, Burnsville security saw the conversation between D.A.A.’s husband and defendant and stopped to see if anything was happening. Defendant then changed her story and told D.A.A.’s husband that her friend has thrown away his wife’s credit cards and belongings in a garbage can in the food court at the mall. D.A.A.’s husband then called police and Burnsville Center security held defendant until police arrived.
The defendant has a long criminal record including five arrests in Dakota County since 10/10/2010 (10/10/2010 (TXT), 11/17/2010, 12/11/2010, 3/8/2011, 1/13/2012) two of which have resulted in felony charges and one which gave her a three month taxpayer funded vacation in Dakota County Jail which was supposed to last up through 6/14/2011.
If someone stole your belongings would you take it upon yourself to do detective work on your own or would you leave it up to the police? If you did your own detective work would you confront the person yourself or would you call the police and wait for them to question the individual instead? What do you think about someone who has been arrested on criminal charges four separate times which led to a jail sentence one time and felony charges another? Are you surprised this person continues to re-offend in the area where they continually get caught? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.