RFPD, victim seek ID

Published 8:25 pm Thursday, February 12, 2009

Do you recognize this woman?

If so, the River Falls Police Department and Greenville resident Carolyn Mitchell want to know.

The unidentified woman allegedly broke into Mitchell’s car while parked at the Greenville Cracker Barrel and stole Mitchell’s purse and its entire contents in November. Inside it was $800 in cash, a cell phone, digital camera, four credit cards and most importantly — a pocketknife given to her by her husband more than 30 years ago.

The woman allegedly made her way from Greenville, through Georgiana and through River Falls; stopping in both towns to use Mitchell’s credit cards.

The woman charged purchases a total of seven times and ran up a bill of more than $300, Mitchell said.

River Falls Police Chief Jeff Holland said the cards were used at both convenience stores in River Falls.

“We were able to get a picture from the store’s video surveillance cameras and we’re asking for anyone who can identify this woman to come forward,” Holland said. “The person or persons involved broke Mrs. Mitchell’s window just to get a purse.

“That’s sad.”

Mitchell said that while she was upset about the money that was stolen, she was the most upset over the loss of her husband’s gift.

“It was one of those small ones with the wooden handle,” she said. “I know it isn’t kind out of the ordinary, but it was special to me.”

It is so special that Mitchell is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved.

“I’m not going to say how much, but it’ll be enough to reward someone for doing a good deed,” she said.

Any one with information related to the identity of the female suspect is asked to call Holland at 427-4911.