Popular Carrollton Park Targeted by Thieves

Carrollton police release surveillance photo of man who used a stolen debit card

By Randy McIlwain
|  Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 7:17 PM CDT
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Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance camera using a stolen debit card taken from a car broken into at McInnish Park in Carrollton.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance camera using a stolen debit card taken from a car broken into at McInnish Park in Carrollton.

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Carrollton Police have issued a crime alert for McInnish Park. People frequenting the park report returning to their cars to find windows smashed and personal items stolen.

Since September the park, which hosts several sports like baseball, softball, soccer and football, has seen a rash of car break-ins.

It's not just typical electronics thieves are after, it’s mostly cash, credit cards and personal information used to create phony identities and run up debt.

Carrollton police released a photograph of one suspect captured on surveillance cameras using a stolen debit card, but investigators say they don't know if they're dealing with several individuals or a theft ring.

What they do know is that the crimes are occurring in the parking lots while victims are either watching or participating in games at the park within sight of the fields.

"It is bold but it’s a quick crime. It only takes a couple of seconds for someone to break a car window and steal a purse," said Carrollton Police spokeswoman Nicole Rodriguez.

Tiffany Roberts was victimized recently while playing soccer. "About 30 minutes after I finished my game they had already utilized my cards," she said. "My credit cards already racked up hundreds of dollars in purchases."

Police say even if you attempt to hide valuables in your car, thieves could be watching, so best advice is to either take belongings home or lock them in the trunk of your car.

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