MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - A brazen burglar was caught on surveillance targeting unlocked cars in a Moultrie neighborhood. It's a crime residents say is becoming way too common.
Investigators say that video surveillance may help them solve multiple cases.
One recent victim said he's lived in Moultrie for 20 years, and he's never experienced this magnitude of crime in town. He said he's relying on police to put an end to the crime, and police say they need the citzens' help now more than ever.
What appears to be a silver sedan with black wheels, is shown on camera driving up to a home on Pine Cone Road. It is shown parking, and then the starts checking the driveways for easy targets.
"We haven't really had any or a lot of forced entry. It's mainly just opportunity. If it's open, they'll go inside, and look, and check for valuables," said Moultrie Police Investigator Zachary Tucker.
Fortunately for the homeowners, their car doors were locked. Just seconds later, the two crooks drove to another home right across the street. Those residents weren't so lucky.
"They pull up and they check some vehicles. They actually go inside and take some property and some money," said Tucker.
Turning on the car's lights and taking his time, the thief takes cash from the car, not forgetting to check the unlocked trunk for more.
"You could see he was wiping the door, he was making sure he closed the trunk with his wrist, he's covering his face. It's a common practice now. Making it harder for us," said Tucker.
That's where residents come in. Police say they need your help being the eyes and ears that will lead investigators to the criminals.
Police urge you to be aware of anyone who looks suspicious or like they may be casing the area they live, or any type of suspicious activity is seen.
Investigator Tucker hopes someone recognizes the man or the car. He says there's a possibility the criminals could be responsible for the several auto break-ins reported in the city during recent days.
Just one street over from Pine Cone Road, two other residents reported that their cars were broken into. In those cases, an iPod and a gun were stolen.
Anyone with any information on the incidents is asked to call 911 or Moultrie Police at 229-985-3131.