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Waitress tracks down purse stolen from The Tap



Rebecca Schmidt was arrested Tuesday on preliminary charges of theft for allegedly stealing a Kate Spade purse full of gift cards and cash. 

The victim of the theft is a waitress at The Tap, a bar in downtown Bloomington. She told police she left her purse in an upper office during her shift. The purse contained gift cards, credit cards, a shirt, her car keys and $550 of cash. 

She looked at her credit card statement and noticed a fraudulent charge for a hotel room at a Courtyard Marriott. 

The woman went to the hotel and asked the clerk for the room number that was purchased using her card. 

The woman confronted the suspect at the hotel room, demanding her stolen items back. 

Schmidt returned most of the waitress’ belongings but had already spent $310 of the cash. Schmidt told police she spent the money on items at CVS and gave the rest of it to a friend to purchase meth.

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