Posted: Mar 5, 2014 11:00 AM by Russell Jones, Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Mar 5, 2014 6:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Detectives released pictures Wednesday of two women investigators are seeking in connection with a string of recent vehicle break-ins in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Sheriff's deputies said the women tried to cash a stolen check made out for $1,800 on Feb. 18 at a bank on Plank Road. Investigators said one woman handed over a Mississippi driver's license and debit card, both of which were reported stolen with the checks.
The sheriff's office said they've investigated a number of vehicle burglaries reported around the parish during the month of February, all of which had similar characteristics. The checks the women tried to cash came from a vehicle parked at 8100 YMCA Plaza on Feb. 15. Deputies said like the other burglaries, someone matching the women's description busted out the back glass and stole the victim's purse.
Baton Rouge Police also put out an alert Wednesday that their investigators are looking into similar break-ins reported in the past several weeks inside the city. Police said someone matching smashed the windows of vehicles whose owners had gone into a gym, daycare or store, sometimes for only a few moments, only to return and find their purses stolen. Police said the burglars then got large amounts of money by cashing checks from the stolen purses.
Detectives said the two women who tried to cash the check drove a red Chevy Impala with dark tinted windows and a Florida license plate. Deputies said both were white females, one with brown hair under a blond wig who wore a red tank top, while the other wore a grey t-shirt with blue lettering.
Investigators reminded people to never leave their purse or wallet inside an unattended vehicle, even for brief periods of time. If a wallet or purse is stolen, police recommend that you call your bank or credit union and cancel all accounts, then report the theft to the authorities.
Some people admitted to News 2 they've left things behind in cars before, and in some cases became victims themselves.
"I'm guilty of leaving my wallet in the car and sometimes even other valuables, even my lap top or cell phone," said Kyle Scallan. "I'm definitely going to be a lot more careful in the future so I'll be keeping this in mind."
"I try to bring it with me or not bring it at all, and just bring what I need," Jennie Do continued. "I actually leave it in my car sometimes and I've had my car broken into at my mom's before."
Law enforcement agencies offered a reward for information leading to arrests of those responsible for these burglaries. Anyone with information should call the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at (225) 389-5000.