Eureka Police are trying to locate a 27-year-old woman, whose last known residence was in St. Louis, to question her about two car break-ins that occurred Sept. 29 at Lions Park, 340 Bald Hill Road, Capt. David Wilson said.
The woman was identified by using video surveillance footage from Jefferson Bank in St. Louis, where she allegedly attempted to cash two checks that were taken from one of the cars, police reported.
The woman has short, purple-tinted hair, a dark tattoo under her left eye and a tattoo on the right-side of her forehead, Wilson said.
A purse, containing a checkbook, $50 in cash, credit cards and a driver’s license, was taken from a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse between about 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the park. The purse is valued at $77, according to the report.
The Traverse was unlocked. The driver, a 39-year-old Eureka woman, said she put the purse under books that were on the front passenger’s seat, the report said.
The victim told police she was contacted by Jefferson Bank about the woman attempting to cash two checks at the location. Both transactions were denied. The victim also said a Sheriff’s Office in Indiana contacted her about a fraudulent transaction involving one of her checks, Eureka Police reported.
A 2016 Nissan also was broken into about the same time as the Traverse at Lions Park, according to Eureka Police.
A 58-year-old St. Louis woman said she arrived at the park at about 3 p.m., and when she returned to her car at 4 p.m., she discovered her passenger’s side window had been broken out. The car was locked, the report said.
A purse that was left on the rear floorboard of the passenger’s side of the car was taken. The purse is worth $300, and it contained a wallet, valued at $50, along with credit cards, the report said.
The damage to the window is estimated to cost $500 to repair, according to the report.
On Oct. 14, Wilson said police had not located the woman from the surveillance video, and it was not known if the two car break-ins were related.
Anyone with information about the incidents should call Eureka Police at 636-938-6600.