St. Paul woman accused of car break-ins outside Burnsville church

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A 20-year-old woman is facing a felony in Dakota County after allegedly breaking into cars parked outside churches, snatching purses and using stolen credit cards, Burnsville Patch reports.

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday, Merissa Kay Reddig of St. Paul was charged with one count of financial transaction card fraud.

Police responded to vehicle break-ins at a Burnsville church on May 19 and 20. Investigators learned the victims' credit cards were later used at Target and Walmart locations in Burnsville as well as other local retailers, the complaint stated.

A similar incident involving a church parking lot in Ramsey County was also reported.

Relatives of the woman confirmed with police that the vehicle associated with the fraudulent transactions captured on surveillance cameras belonged to Reddig.

Reddig racked up more than $2,500 on stolen credit cards. She was later booked into the Dakota County jail.

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