Reporting Aristea Brady
LAKEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — A 29-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of stealing purses from the cars of mothers dropping their children off at a Lakeville day care.
Jeffrey Michael Super has been charged with four felony counts, including theft, burglary and making fraudulent financial transactions.
The purses were stolen in late September from at least three different cars.
WCCO-TV talked to a Lakeville woman who was victimized by the same thief on three separate occasions. Janelle Iverson came home to find her things ransacked on the same day her purse was stolen.
Police believe Super broke in through Iverson’s window and then pulled his car into the garage where he proceeded to load the stolen goods. Iverson estimates he stole around $10,000 in items. In addition to ripping three flat-screen TVs off the wall, he stole laptops, electronic goods and even personal items.
“My driver’s license, all my credit cards, my birth certificate, my passport, all my son’ s information,” Iverson said.
Using the spare set of keys the suspect found in Iverson’s purse, he came back and stole her car out of her driveway while she was in the house.
“Your neighbors don’t always notice everything,” Iverson said.
Lakeville Police tracked down the activity on stolen credit cards and used surveillance to find Super. According to the criminal complaint, Super admitted to the thefts and burglary, and said he used the stolen items to get drugs.
“The idea that somebody’s touched things you would never even show your closest friend or family member, and then you just feel like it’s such a violation,” Iverson said.
Super was charged last week with four felony counts including theft, burglary and making fraudulent financial transactions.
Super was arrested in October for another stolen car and a police chase. He also was convicted of receiving stolen property in 2007.
If convicted, Super could face up to 10 years in prison.