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Crime Stoppers: Car break-in, credit card theft

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- It never pays to leave your valuables in your car.  You'll soon be calling the bank to cancel your credit cards.

Noontime Sunday, a busy street nor large crowd could stay today's criminal from his appointed rounds.

The guy we're looking for ruined a fun weekend at the market for one couple.

You may hold the key to finding him. 

"Even a lady who has her purse hidden gets out of the vehicle with a purse.  And criminals look for things like that," says Chattanooga Police investigator Tim Tomisek.

Police say this guy is a criminal.

Here's what happened on July 17th, a woman and her husband were enjoying a Sunday afternoon at the Chattanooga Market. Their Ford F-150 parked right out on Reggie White Boulevard, when the crook smashed out the rear passenger-side window and took off with a mess of stolen goods.

"The one thing about car burglary is you have immediate gains.  It's not like breaking into a house where you've gotta go try to find things to sell," says Tomisek.

In most cases, there's cash, a check book and credit cards, which this guy used almost immediately heading out to a long list of convenience stores, including the Midnight Oil on Rossville Boulevard.

He bought all kinds of things, even paid phone bills with the stolen cards.

Have a close look, he's a black male with a medium build and he's sporting facial hair, a goatee or beard.

If you know him, you'll recognize him.  On this Sunday, he was wearing a black t-shirt with blue jeans.

It's important to get this guy off the streets.

Investigator Tomisek says it's even more important to be aware and take steps to keep this from happening to you.  Remember this guy struck in broad daylight.

"They'll get you anywhere.  They'll get you in your driveway, they'll get you at the ball fields, they'll get you when you're grocery shopping.  I've worked several where they'll get you at your daycare," says Tomisek.

If you know who this man is or where police can find him, call Crime Stoppers at 698-3333.

You never have to give your name and you could claim a cash reward of up to a $1,000.

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