Clay County deputies need your help finding car burglar

by: Deanna Bettineschi Updated:


Amy Ingram shops at Publix throughout the week. She said she was surprised to know two women had their cars broken into, leaving her feeling uneasy.
“It does, considering we live just down the street,” said Ingram.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office said three purses, a wallet and $200 were stolen from the two cars. They also said there was another man who noticed someone tried to pry his door open. 
“The subject was walking through the parking lot looking for items in vehicles,” said Detective James Murphy.
Murphy said a Pizza Hut employee spotted a man walking near the shopping center and poking his head into a car window. Murphy also said an employee at Tropical Smoothie saw the same man come in to use the restroom in the same time frame. Deputies are hoping you can help find him.
“There were fingerprints recovered at the scene, so we’re in the process of trying to get those fingerprints,” said Murphy.
Murphy said while most car burglaries happen to those who leave their car unlocked, this suspect is stealing from cars that are locked, and breaking the windows to get inside.
“As this case proves, a locked vehicle is not always a deterrent,” said Murphy.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said a similar burglary happened in the parking lot in May.

The Sheriff’s Office said they see an increase in burglaries during the summer.

They are asking anyone with information to come forward.