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Charges: Woman lifted jewelry from open houses in Woodbury

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Washington County prosecutors say a Woodbury woman made off with thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry while attending open-house showings.

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Brooke Holly Menard, 19, was charged Sept. 19 with one count of felony theft.

According to a criminal complaint, police were alerted on Sept. 16 that someone had been going to open houses, stealing jewelry from the homes and pawning the items at different locations. In both instances, the thefts occurred at Woodbury homes – one in the 8000 block of Marsh Creek Alcove, the other in the 1800 block of Bowsen Lane.

Investigators identified Menard as the suspect after interviewing realtors and generating information about her vehicle.

“The real estate agents remembered speaking to (Menard) as she proceeded to go through the homes,” the complaint states.

Investigators then turned to different pawn shops, which confirmed Menard had pawned the stolen items, which were valued at a combined $5,000.

Police obtained a search warrant to access information from the GPS system in Menard’s vehicle, which indicated that she drove to open houses and then to pawn shops.

A second warrant was issued for Menard’s residence. She was home when the warrant was executed. Menard, who told police she is a heroin addict, admitted to thefts and to pawning the items, the complaint states.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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