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Shop owner's chases suspect

A Twin Cities woman met her match on Monday when she attempted to steal from St. Croix County Dry Goods on Locust Street.

According to Hudson Police Officer Pete Schultz, the woman came into the shop around 11:20 a.m. and proceeded to fill an empty purse with merchandise from the store. She might have gotten away with it if she hadn't also snatched the owner's purse from behind the corner before running from the store.

Owner Eydie Campbell was waiting on a customer when the woman grabbed the purse and fled. Campbell chased after her, having recognized the woman as someone who had been in her store before and who employees suspected had shoplifted.

Campbell caught up with the woman and grabbed her arm but the woman kept moving, pulling Campbell along. When the woman got to her car, she got in and tried to leave, but Campbell kept hold and asked the woman to return her purse. The woman agreed and said she would wait while Campbell called the police.

Campbell didn't buy it, and the woman then offered to give up her own purse, saying her identification was in it. The woman handed over both purses and then left the scene, but not before Campbell and another person got the license plate number off the car. The thief's purse had no identifying information in it, only merchandise from the store.

Schultz said the car was registered to Amanda P. Michlitsch, 49, of Vadnais Heights, Minn. A Ramsey County deputy sheriff called on her at her residence and Michlitsch admitted to the theft. She was already on probation for a similar offense.

Schultz said Michlitsch was served with a notice to appear in St. Croix County Court March 13 on charges of theft and retail theft.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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