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Posted on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 12:48 p.m.

Chelsea Police Department investigating a weekend larceny from a vehicle

By Kyle Feldscher

The Chelsea Police Department is investigating a larceny from a vehicle on the 1100 block of South Main Street after someone stole a purse from the car and subsequently used the victim’s credit card.


A security camera image of the suspect in this weekend's larceny

Courtesy Chelsea police

Dispatcher Dan Whitesall said a vehicle was broken into and a purse was stolen from the car. Whitesall said police are looking for a suspect who was shown on camera at a local store using the credit card from the purse that was stolen, but it is unknown if the suspect actually broke into the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white female in her mid-20s with dark brown or black hair, between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall and a medium to heavy build.

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Chelsea Police Department at 734-475-9122.

Kyle Feldscher covers police and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 12:13 p.m.

Show me the video! Show me the picture! Isn't that what they do in hopes of someone recognizing the suspect - just a thought.


Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 5:26 a.m.

If someone breaks into a car, steals a purse and uses the credit card to purchase merchandise, IT IS a crime. Continue to investigate CPD. I have a feeling the shirt will come out in the wash.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

racerx - - a vehicle was broken into - property was stolen - fraudulent credit card use was filmed by a security camera "This constant mentioning of non-crime items ..." "non-crime"? last I heard all of the aforementioned is a crime. Spare yourself the grief and don't read these stories if it bothers you. I personally am glad to see that the face on video that is (somehow) involved may be identified, and the criminals can hopefully be held accountable - instead of continuing to vandalize and steal property.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 5:28 p.m.

Have to disagree with you there @racerx . You might feel differently about it if it were your car & credit card. However, speaking of crime... I'd like to nominate this as criminal: "...lead people to think that a simple crimes are not to occur." BTW: It'd be nice to know what/whom is being portrayed on the front of the suspects shirt.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 8:02 p.m.

Not to blame the victim, but, I wouldn't leave my purse with valuable information in plain sight, even if it was locked in my car, so your right, I wouldn't feel differently if it were my car because I always know not to leave my purse containing valuables in plain sight. Could care less if I were parked in my driveway or a small town assuming that crime like this only happens in big cities like Ann Arbor!


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 5:27 p.m.

"a suspect who was shown on camera at a local store using the credit card from the purse that was stolen, but it is unknown if the suspect actually broke into the vehicle." yah, must be a coinky dink...

Bertha Venation

Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 5:16 p.m.

Sad, but times are changing, it's true. Just because you may live in a small town, doesn't mean you can leave valuables in plain site in cars (or anywhere else for that matter). Just seems like common sense to me.

Macabre Sunset

Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 7:34 p.m.

Yes, let's blame the victims. It's definitely common sense to assume that since our judicial system refuses to lock people up, we must live like we assume there's a criminal behind us at every moment. But why stop at leaving valuables in cars? We shouldn't walk outside after dark. Even during daylight, our women should be cloaked in a full-body cover. Men should always carry a weapon (our mandatory head-covering makes for an excellent hiding place). We should always keep the curtains closed in our homes, for fear that criminals can see when we don't use paper plates at dinner. The list is endless, really. Common sense dictates that all of us make these changes and more as long as judges refuse to put criminals behind bars.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 5:08 p.m.

And this is news how? This constant mentioning of non-crime items may lead people to think that a simple crimes are not to occur. Ok, maybe in Chelsea, but really, this is not newsworthy in the least.