12 OYS: Deputies search for suspected car burglar, credit card thief

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Deputies need your help finding a suspected credit card thief who they say is on the run.

He is also suspected of burglarizing a parked car outside a popular business in Augusta.

Authorities say the crime happened on Jan. 11 outside of Gold's Gym on Walton Way Extension.

He was wearing a long sleeve grey shirt with a ball cap with a white emblem on the center of the ball cap," said Richmond County Sergeant Shane McDaniel.

Authorities said the suspect also has a trimmed dark moustache and goatee.

"He entered a vehicle that was unsecured and stole a Mastercard,"said McDaniel. He says the suspect used the card several times including at a BP gas station on Gordon Highway. He was last seen in a white Dodge Charger with sunroof and dark tinted windows.

"I would think that people would be more careful," said shopper Nicole Jenkins.

She said she takes no chances when leaving her car unoccupied.

"I just lock it and make sure I don't have anything lying out that might look appealing to somebody," said Jenkins.

Apparently, not everyone thinks that way. News 12 went back to the scene of the crime-- the Gold's Gym parking lot. News 12 took a look through the windows of about ten cars and found several that had pocketbooks, CD's and GPS systems in plain view.

We also found a similar situation outside some stores along Robert C. Daniel Jr Parkway.

Inside one vehicle that had tinted windows, we spotted a pocketbook.

"If I have anything it would either go in the trunk or under the seat if it's small enough," shopper Rebecca Virga said.

Authorities said she has the right idea. Meanwhile, they are urging folks in the community to be more vigilant when leaving their vehicles unoccupied.

"We encourage people, take that extra twenty seconds to secure your vehicle," McDaniel said.

In all, News 21 peered into about 20 car windows and about half of the vehicles contained some personal items that police say should always be hidden from view.

If you know who he is, give the Sheriff's Office a call at 706-821-1080.

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