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Police in Stanley are
releasing surveillance pictures of a truck believed to be used in a rash of car
Law officials say the thief
is targeting mothers dropping off their children at daycares.
Police believe the
latest break-ins are connected to several similar crimes in Gaston County like
the one WBTV told you about two weeks ago, when a woman had her purse full of
Christmas Shopping money stolen out of her unlocked car while she dropped her
child off at daycare.
Gaston County mother
Elizabeth Jenkins says she's on edge after police say a thief stole a purse
from an unlocked car at the First Baptist Church in Stanley, Tuesday morning,
while another parent dropped off her child at daycare.
"It makes me uncomfortable
that the person has the mindset that a daycare is an easy target," said
Stanley Police say the
thief circled the church parking lot again Thursday morning before the crook
struck once more at the Angel Care Daycare, just half a mile down the road.
Investigators say it's the
same mode of operation, the parent left her car unlocked to drop-off her
child and the crook was in and out in 20 seconds.
WBTV reached out to the
victims by phone Friday, but both were unavailable to speak on camera.
Police now believe these
two crimes are connected to a string of similar burglaries throughout Gaston
County in the past couple of weeks.
Several daycares in the
Stanley area have signs at their doors reminding parents to lock their car doors
and take their valuables with them.
It's a simple message that
can go a long way.
"Here or even at the
grocery store now, I'm nervous to leave my car unlocked even if there isn't anything
valuable inside," said Jenkins.
But now, thanks to the help
of security cameras at First Baptist, Stanley Police now have a description of
the suspect's vehicle.
It's a mid to late 90's
model, green Nissan pickup truck.
Witnesses only got a
Police hope you can
recognize the truck and help put whoever is behind the thefts in jail.
Jenkins says she now uses a
big city defense. She's locking up, every time
"We're such a small town, you
wouldn't even think someone would go to the extent that you're not safe anymore
to leave your cars unlocked or anything," said Jenkins.
Police don't have a
description of the suspect, just the green truck.
If you have information in
any of these cases you are asked to call Stanley Police or Gaston County Crime