ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Lee County Sheriff’s office needs the public’s help bringing in suspects who broke into 15 cars less than a day ago across the county.
Investigators said the suspects stole credit cards from some of those vehicles, and started making illegal charges with them in the same night.
More than 40 cases of entering auto’s have been reported throughout Lee County this year, and they haven’t stopped.
“We don’t like this kind of number,” Reggie Rachals, Lee County sheriff, said of the 15 incidents.
“In those entering autos everyone of the doors was unlocked," Rachals said. “Valuables are from wallets to credit cards to a gun and a stolen car.”
The break-ins are shocking residents.
“This is crazy," Caesar Walters, a Lee County resident, said. “Especially here in Lee County,. You never hear about anything like this in this area anyway.”
A car was recovered by the Albany Police Department, along with surveillance video investigators said shows the suspects using the stolen credit cards at an Albany Homerun Foods.
“As the vehicle comes into the parking lot you can see as it comes into the parking lot you can see on the passenger side that the vehicle has two small center caps on the wheels," Investigator Jimmy Jones said of the video. "As the vehicle leaves the parking lot you notice on the drive side that the vehicle is missing a driver side front hubcap but has a full hubcap on the back.”
Investigators said the suspects also bought $250 worth of items at the East Albany Walmart.
Walters said he will be more cautious of his vehicle.
“I still lock my door but it’s surprising to see it happening but like I said, with the way things are these days you have to be careful no matter where you’re at,” said Walters.
Said Rachals: “If you’re going to leave it unlocked, take your valuables out or even if you do lock it, hide your valuables or just take them out."
The sheriff said his units are out doing some extra patrolling to find the vehicle.
If you have any information on these suspects or that vehicle, call Crime Stoppers at (229)-436-TIPS.