Car Break-Ins on the Rise in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/03

Car Break-Ins on the Rise in Lubbock

Lubbock Police warn that car break-ins are on the rise. And, police have just released surveillance video in hopes of identifying at least two suspected thieves.

The statistics are a little staggering. Practically every fourth or fifth police report these days is a vehicle burglary. "Most (thieves) are out there to break-in and use your cards or checks immediately," says Detective Terry Sansing. Sansing is trying to get the word out about dozens of recent break-ins.

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One of the latest, happened in the neighborhood of 98th and Knoxville two nights ago. The victim came home from work tired, went inside, and left his wallet and checkbook in his unlocked truck. "The next morning I came out and found out that they had taken my wallet and checks. That's the third time since May," says Patrick Moore, a victim.

"I'm not saying if he had it locked they wouldn't have got it, but they would have had a harder time," says Detective Sansing.

Untroubled about spending limits, the suspects then went shopping. A $300 spree caught on tape. Wal-Mart surveillance video shows the suspects pulling up in a dark colored SUV and car. Two men are then seen walking in. Once inside, a number of cameras catch the men from different angles looking around. The men then check out with a stolen Discover card.

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Detective Sansing is convinced someone can ID these men and help him get at least two thieves off the streets. "I think there's a good chance of catching them."

Moore says he's just fed up. "I'm an easy target. But that's about to change."

According to police, cars in just about every neighborhood have been hit. Both suspects in this video are described as white men in their late teens or early 20's. One of them is balding and has a goatee.

If you have any information about this case, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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