After Car Break-In, Woman Upset With Cops’ Response: A Letter

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A Woodbury woman believes police didn’t do enough after a thief broke into her car during the day. Police added to her frustration when they sent her a letter, advising her that the case “lacks sufficient solvability.”

Stacy Warner’s passenger-side car window was broken into in mid-August while she and her family visited the Como Zoo.

They parked on the side of a street in the park, one that Warner said was very busy with many people around. When they came out of the zoo and got back to the car, they realized what happened.

“It was my niece that walked up to the car, and said, ‘why is there glass everywhere?,'” Warner recalled.

Her sister’s purse, which was hidden under a seat, was gone. Warner called St. Paul Police to report the crime.

“They proceeded to advise that no one was coming and that this happens — it’s a bad neighborhood, take your stuff with you,” said Warner.

She later received the letter.

“So, if they’re going to invest the resources to send me this letter, don’t send me the letter. Invest the resources to put more police presence in that neighborhood,” said Warner.

St. Paul Police spokesman Howie Padilla said there are more patrols at Como Park and that there are more now than other parts of the year since a lot of people are visiting.

“We want to do what we can to work with the community and prevent these crimes,” said Padilla. “A lot of times, these are crimes of opportunity.”

Padilla admits cops can’t come to the scene of every car break-in. In 2010, there were 2,200 break-ins. So far in 2011, there were 1,200.

Cops do have other reliable ways to solve these break-ins, Padilla said.

“I know investigators are tenacious about trying to link these crimes, and seeing if there’s patterns, and seeing what we can do,” said Padilla.

Warner has learned a lot about police work and ways to keep from becoming a victim again.

“I’m definitely paying more attention to where I park my car … who’s around my car when I park my car, which is unfortunate,” said Warner.

Padilla said St. Paul Police have posted fliers in the park and put them on car windshields too, reminding drivers to lock their car and hide their valuables or take them with when they’re gone. They’ve posted flyer at  Como Park and in downtown St. Paul, because they know people park their car and leave them for long periods of time at both locations.

  • Get over it!!

    I’d be upset too. Upset that I was dumb enough to leave my purse in the car instead of locked in the trunk. Upset that I make such a big deal about the police’s actions when they are spread too thin, and my ‘no priority’ crime is not prioritized above a murder case. It’s a recession, resources are thin, and you were dumb; get over it!!

  • Jeff

    Just how stupid do you have to be to leave a purse in a car???

    • sad but true

      The police have better things to do than spend time on an unsolvable crime. It’s sad that it happened, but sometimes you need to police yourself!

    • You are stupid

      hahaha please Woodbury woman…..she probably is a HOUSEWIFE for a living…..UMMMM im like a homemaker.

      Maybe the peroxide was leaking to her brain.

      ITs like lady have you ever heard of the Saint Paul Police chasing real criminals… gangsters and violent offenders

  • CJ

    So essentially this women was upset because the police didn’t dispatch the CSI team to her car but then she actually felt the need to call up WCCO and complain about her misfortune. I have little to zero sympathy for these types of people.

  • Capt. O

    Although a trunk is a better place to hide your purse, 90% of cars have trunk pops in the vechicle now that don’t require the key in the ignition, also I highly doubt the purse was out of view otherwise why would they choose just 1 car and it be her car.

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  • Angus

    The reason we don’t have more law enforcement is not enough money. The Republicans, living in safe suburbs, gated communities, and safer rural areas, don’t worry about other people so cut spending for the metro cities.

    No money, less law and fire protection and if crime increases, it is no big deal.

    Remember this in the next election

    • Sue J

      It was the Dems who cut the funding! Check State Records!

    • dan

      There is always some bozo that find a political fight in everything. The one and only time my car was broken into was downtown Milwaukee in the early 90’s. When calling police I recd the same response, “We dont investigate these crimes”. I was really bummed as they took my bag phone!

      Get over it.

    • just sayin

      Another classic example of the uneducated liberal.

    • g8bbgg

      Police and Fire are paid by the CITY not the STATE. Local Government Aid comes from the State it is welfare for Cities. Why should I pay for the issues of the Big City? In ‘my hood’ we watch, we call, we tell and we have a safer community because of it. The high crime communities need to take some self-responsibility (yes that is a Republican word) and stop blaming everyone else for what is happening in their neighborhood.

  • gdog

    The reason we don’t have enough enforement is the cops are too busy running around ticketing peole without seatbelts. Cops need to start protecting the public and fighting real crimes. Ticketing a person going to work does not protect the rest of us from vandals, murders, or robberies. I’m sure it’s much easier to hand out a ticket and to deal with real crime though.

    • Welcome to the Big City

      Right, maybe if she calls 911 ahead of time and lets them know where she is going to park her car they will watch it for her.

  • A. Cop

    If your purse is stolen from your car, it is your fault. This is a crime of opportunity. If you take away the opportunity, you have no crime. To put this in more simple words for those of you who don’t get it . . . don’t leave valuables in your car! Also, law enforcement is stretched thin. They have much better things to do than watch your stuff in your car. Yes, gdog, that means enforcing the seatbelt laws. Traffic stops yield many fruitful arrests, such as catching criminals with someone’s purse.

    • rayjay

      I agree with you A. Cop.A lot eof people just want to blame other people instead of taking responsibility. You guys deserve alot of credit for doing the great job you are doing. And dont forget people, MOVE OVER for the Police.

    • Angry Citizen

      I agree, the public needs to be responsible for themselves and their property to a reasonable extent. This includes not leaving valuables in your car. HOWEVER, law ENFORCEMENT is paid to ENFORCE the law…not just police the public. So, does A. Cop’s comment imply that if an officer caught a thief in the process of thieving valuables a person wasn’t smart enough to remove from their vehicle, the police would do nothing about it, since it was that person’s fault anyway? That is an unreasonable assumption, I hope. So, where does law enforcement draw the line…was it a crime of opportunity that is the victim’s fault? Or is it against the laws that are supposed to be enforced and therefore deserves a little more attention than “it’s a bad neighborhood, tough.” Why is it such a bad neighborhood? Are there other laws the police have chosen not to enforce here as well? Seriously, are you really gonna ask whose purse is in the car with each driver you stop? Really? C’mon! I know you are overworked…but, you also knew what the job was when you took it on. You either do the job, or find one you will perform at.

  • huuvola

    To add to the frustration with the police, especially St. Paul police, I was attacked TWICE by an irate driver who left his vehicle while stuck in traffic in downtown St. Paul to beat on my driver’s window. BEAT! With force and determination. I was stuck in traffic lanes and had no where to go to get away. There had to have been 50-100 people watching this between the folks on the bus and the folks at the bus stop. NO ONE called the police! I called. They came. I gave them plate number. They KNOW who did it. I was told, and I’m paraphrasing, no harm no foul. They did NOTHING! NOTHING!

    Science may have found a cure for most evils: but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. -Helen Keller

    • You're the problem

      I’m sure it was unprovoked. Twice!! Maybe look in the mirror a bit.

    • That's a crime!

      Apparently you had to hang up from the call you were on while not paying any attention to traffic and provoking other drivers to call the police.

    • Oh, nevermind

      Quoting Helen Keller to make a point about driving?

    • g8bbgg

      Your word against his, people we need to stand up to the thugs and not turn a blind eye. If others had called there would have been differnt turnout, but with no “witness” to the activity……..

  • blame the victims for crime?

    Yes law enforcement is stretched thin, and we must cooperate by denying thieves targets of opportunity. At the same time it is incredibly nauseating to see victims blamed for the actions of criminals. As if it is only a crime to steal if it is inconvenient for the thief. If A.Cop is really a cop we are in serious trouble. Theft is our fault and raking in easy revenue with seat belt tickets is a priority because it just might lead to an actual arrest for some unrelated offense. What brilliant police work. It is no wonder that criminals have become so brazen. If you do it right, no one will care and the victim will be blamed. And heaven forbid that we should defend ourselves. The police would much rather fill a bag with your body and file a report than admit that they cannot protect us. The bottom line is that it is stupid to depend upon law enforcement for the actual protection of your person or property. They can do nothing but show up afterwards. Criminals will only stop when it becomes too risky or they are dead. It is up to the private citizen to make that happen.

  • Youare annoying


    OH NO the poor girl from Woodbury who probably lives in a 250,000 plus house didn’t get her way. What a said said said day.

    Hey lady,
    police are busy chasing and convicting real criminals. You know the violent offenders. Nobody cares about your property crime inflicted by you and your parties own negligence.

    It makes me wonder what you did with this reporter to get on the news??? Hmmmmm….

    • really?

      How ridiculous. So one’s socio-economic status is what determines whether or not one is the victim of a crime or how much we should care? The thief that stole her purse was not a real criminal? I guess we’ll just have to wait until he kills someone while committing a property crime so that we can care and consider him one. This story is news because it shows the inadequacy of law enforcement and the sickening apathy of people like you.

  • Jeaanne

    I couldn’t believe the cruel, mean comments!! A crime is a crime, be it a robbery, idendity theft, etc. A victim is anyone who has suffered from a crime. What difference does it make where the person lives. Only city folks can be victims? Oh, what a prejudiced bunch of people you are!!! Is this reverse discrimination?!!
    Some of you need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid! You should all be embarrassed of your comments but you are too ignorant to know better! So much for Minnesota Nice!!!

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