Richfield man learns compassion after woman tries to steal him

RICHFIELD, Minnesota. – Neighbors are praising a Richfield man for how he recently handled an unexpected meeting.

The find in his garage prompted him to call 911, but by the time the cops arrived, his outlook on the whole situation had changed.

Dan McCurdy leaves his garage open from time to time. It’s okay, he says.

Until one evening – when he came home to an uninvited guest who was rummaging through him.

“That girl was probably the most unlucky because I was coming around the corner right here,” McCurdy said. He called 911 about the alleged thief.

“When I turn the corner, she comes out of the garage and when she sees me, she stops right in front of the garage and we just look at each other for a second,” McCurdy said.

But when he confronted her and asked what she was doing, her reaction surprised him.

“She was honest, she said, ‘I tried to get into your car,'” McCurdy said.

Amazingly honest, McCurdy said.

“She said I was 32 and homeless,” McCurdy said.

Remember, the cops were still on the way.

“That’s when I started to feel remorse because now I didn’t want to make things difficult for her,” McCurdy said. He wondered if he had done the right thing.

“It humanized her, she wasn’t just a thief, she was human,” McCurdy said. “I wish I could ask her if I could get her help right here, but I was totally unprepared, it took me by surprise that day.”

And that’s when her failure that day turned away – he asked the cops not to press charges, and they let her go.

“I saw the direction she went and was able to catch up with her,” McCurdy said.

And when he did:

“I took out my wallet and gave her some money,” McCurdy said. “She just looked surprised, she looked at me and asked why are you doing this? I just said I’m sorry about your situation and I hope you can fix the situation.”

The life lesson revealed to both of them in Richfield’s garage is a reminder of compassion.

“Yeah, that’s what’s missing,” McCurdy said. “I don’t think she’s had much of that in her life.”

“Everyone goes through something,” McCurdy said.

We asked Hennepin County if McCurdy could have done something else.

They tell us that there are new tools, such as built-in social workers in all suburban county police stations. They are still rolling out the Minneapolis program.

They say call 911 but explain the situation in as much detail as possible so that the right people are sent.

We also have a number to call in case of a mental health emergency: COPE Psychiatric Emergency – 612-596-1223