Police: Woman brought a child with her to break into a stranger's home
Local authorities say a woman was caring for a young child when she broke into a stranger's home and caused thousands of dollars in damage.
Mackenzie Hill, 20 of Owatonna, was arrested Thursday evening in Rochester. She's accused of entering an elderly woman's home, destroying property and then taking off with several items.
The incident was reported around 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of 4th Street NW.
Officers caught up with Hill a short time later as she was walking down the street. According to the police report, she was pushing a 4-year-old child in a stroller.
Not only did Hill match the description of the suspect provided by a neighbor, but she also had several items in her possession that did not belong to her.
Police say she was under the influence of alcohol — and possibly drugs — at the time.
Hill was watching the child while the mother visited someone at a local hospital, notes the report. Hill had been employed by the family as a caretaker for less than a month.
Authorities estimate the damage to the victim's house at $3,000 to $4,000.
Hill faces three felony charges: 1st-degree burglary, 1st-degree damage to property and child endangerment. A mug shot was not immediately available.