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Stanley PD: Car break-in thief targeting mothers in daycare parking lots

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STANLEY, NC (WBTV) -

Police in Stanley are releasing surveillance pictures of a truck believed to be used in a rash of car break-ins.

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 Jenkins.

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 partial description.

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 stoppers.

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