A woman suspected of stealing two vehicles in four days, one with a 6-year-old child inside, is being sought by Owatonna police.

In the first case, Owatonna police pulled over an SUV, driven Emilie Kay Perkins, 25, of Waseca, that had been reported stolen. An officer reported that Perkins appeared to suffering from a drug overdose. She was taken by ambulance to the Owatonna Hospital.

During a search of the vehicle, investigators allegedly found a small plastic container containing black wax-like substance that tested positive for heroin, several pieces of foil with black residue, a mesh bag which contained tinfoil with burned black residue, insulin syringes, glass pipes and two packs of needle hubs.

Perkins is suspected of a second car theft in Owatonna just days after the fist.

According to police, a woman pulled into the Owatonna Public Library book drop on June 26 to drop off some books. The victim got out of her vehicle to return the books and when she turned around, saw her vehicle being stolen, driven east of Broadway.

Perkins reportedly pulled the truck over on Broadway Street near the former Washington School and the child got out of the vehicle.

In a video caught by Owatonna Public Library surveillance camera, officers reported that a women they knew to be Perkins was standing on the south side of Broadway by the Post Office, walked across the street, got into the driver’s side of the truck and drove away, just as a witness and the victim has described.

The vehicle was recovered in Brooklyn Park two days later and a detective was sent to process the vehicle for evidence.

Perkins was charged July 1 with motor vehicle theft and warrant for her arrest was issued.

Perkins currently has pending charges, including burglary, second-degree controlled substance possession, fifth-degree controlled substance possession, damage to property, theft and disorderly conduct, in four counties (including Dodge, Steele and Waseca). She also currently has an active warrant in Steele County for motor vehicle theft and drug possession from June 22, and is serving five years probation for a 2020 drug possession conviction.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Owatonna Police at 507-444-3800.

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