MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police officers are searching for a man believed to be responsible for breaking into multiple cars parked inside Overton Park.
According to police, the burglaries happened between April 3 and April 20. On warm spring days, a parking spot in Overton Park becomes a hot commodity, but items left behind are also hot targets for thieves.
Cars and SUVs lining the streets in the park are enticing targets for thieves, especially when valuable items are left in the vehicle.
Investigators said the man broke out windows and stole purses from the vehicles. Credit cards from those stolen purses were used at multiple gas stations. He made thousands of dollars in purchases with the stolen credit cards.
Police said the suspect was driving a 1998-2000 model black Nissan Maxima, spoiler, with unknown tags, possibly a drive out tag on it.
The man is wanted on charges of auto burglary, fraudulent use of credit card, and theft of property $1,000 or less.
Carleigh Clark said she is one of those that is guilty of tucking her purse away in the car while at the park.
"I put it in all types of places where it can't be seen," Clark said.
Others said they have another strategy for avoiding becoming a target.
"I just keep my seats clean. There is nothing on them," Courtney Smith said. "So, when someone walks by my car and they look, they don't see anything, they just keep going."
But, four women had their purses where they could be seen, and they soon became victims.
Smith said she has advice for everyone: leave valuables at home.
"Just leave them at home. That's the best thing to do because people are always lurking around your car, especially thieves in the city of Memphis," Smith said.
If you know who this man is or have any information about these crimes, you are asked to call Memphis Police Department.