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Alleged debit card theft leads to further charges

STEWARTVILLE — A recent investigation into an alleged debit card theft led to further discoveries at the residence of a 37-year-old woman, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities discovered methamphetamine in addition to dog feces on the floor of the mobile home where the woman lives with her 7-year-old child, according to detective Brad Nelson.

The child has been turned over to social services. The woman, booked into jail Monday, faces possible charges of theft, financial transaction card fraud, fifth-degree controlled substance possession, methamphetamine possession in the presence of a child, and child endangerment, Nelson said.

The Post-Bulletin generally does not name suspects until they are charged.

The investigation started after a 46-year-old Stewartville woman reported that her Social Security card and debit card were stolen on April 6, possibly while she was in the shower, Nelson said. The suspect is an acquaintance of the victim's roommate. She was identified from surveillance videos at businesses in Rochester, where she used the debit card, Nelson said.

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