Hopkins police this week released surveillance photos of two women who allegedly broke into a 72-year-old woman’s apartment and made their getaway by using the victim’s Metro Transit bus pass.
One photo shows one of the suspects on a city bus opening an Apple laptop computer similar to one that was taken in September when thieves entered the victim’s apartment on the 900 block of 11th Avenue S. Burglars also took cash, headphones, a camera bag and a bus pass.
The victim was away visiting her 99-year-old father and returned home to discover the crime. Shortly after the burglary, surveillance footage showed the women on a bus and in possession of some of the stolen items, said Sgt. Michael Glassberg of Hopkins Police Department.
“When suspects are entering a dwelling, this becomes a high priority for us,” he said. “We have them rolling around on various routes using the victim’s bus pass and felt it was important to get it out there and identify the suspects. We hope somebody can identify them.”
This is not the first time the victim has been burglarized. Records show police had been called at least one other time to the victim’s residence, Glassberg said.
On Wednesday, a person stopped by the police station and dropped off a $50 check for the victim because “he felt bad for her,” Glassberg said. Now he hopes that somebody will stop in with a tip that will lead them to the suspects.
It’s likely police will need a tip to solve the crime. Last year there were 18,464 burglaries reported in Minnesota and 2,867 of them were cleared. At 16 percent, that was the lowest clearance rate for all criminal offenses, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report.
Anybody with information can call Hopkins police at 952-938-8885.