Eau Claire (WQOW)– Sunday was the first time at the dog park for Tracie Sherfield and her dog Apollo.
What was supposed to be a fun day, ended up devastating.
“When we came out, I noticed some police cars and thought maybe some dogs got into a dog fight, or something happened, and walked to my car and saw the window was smashed out and my purse was gone,” Sherfield said.
Her car wasn’t the only one broken into.
“There were two other ladies parked just a few cars from mine – broken windows and the purse was taken,” Sherfield said.
“I just couldn’t believe it, and then I started to cry and I just felt horrible and silly for leaving my bag in the car,” Sherfield said.
She said she was only there for half an hour when the bandit stole her purse, which not only held her credit cards and IDs, but also her social security card.
“I got a fraud alert from my credit card before I even got home that they had tried to use it at Walmart in Hallie and thankfully my card caught it because it was a $500 purchase, so they declined it but they did use the card at game stop in Hallie,” Sherfield said.
“Once a credit card or debit card is stolen that it’s used very shortly after it is taken that is something that we see quite often,” Eau Claire Police Officer Bridget Coit said. “It allows the suspect to use the card prior to the victim ever knowing it’s gone, prior to them being able to cancel the card.”
While police try to track down the thief, Sherfield has a message for them.
“We work hard for what we have and it’s such an invasion to have someone break into your things, and you know, I feel like you know where I live, you know where I bank, you know where I shop, it’s terrible,” Sherfield said. “It’s a horrible feeling and if you have our stuff, return it so we can have that piece of mind.”