NDSU student takes eyes off backpack — wallet stolen, bank card used


FARGO (WDAY) — An NDSU student is sharing her story to prevent others from becoming victims.

Kaylijah Dau told WDAY she took her eyes off her backpack for just a few moments. Then hours later, hundreds of dollars were gone from her bank account.

Just before going to class Tuesday in the A. Glenn Hill Center, she grabbed cash for a vending machine on and left her backpack behind.

That’s when she thinks someone stole her wallet. Her mom quickly noticed unusual charges, called her daughter who then canceled her card, and reported it to NDSU Campus Police. Nearly $500 was spent on her card.

They tracked surveillance video to stores like Scheels, Ulta and JC Penney and linked the purchases to this woman. For Dau, money isn’t the problem.

“Honestly, I don’t care about the money, it’s not really an issue,” Kaylijah Dau said. “It’s more of the moral standard, people shouldn’t have to worry if they leave their backpack there for a couple seconds and someone taking something.”

If you have any info on the person in the security footage, contact NDSU Police.

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