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Woman charged with stealing jewelry at open houses

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

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

According to a criminal complaint, police were alerted 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.

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

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.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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