5/2/2013 3:00:00 PM Vevay Police seeks public's help
The Vevay Police Department has taken several criminal reports since the beginning of the year concerning items being stolen out of vehicles.
The community's help is being sought in finding the person(s) responsible and bringing them to justice.
The suspect's motive of operation has been breaking the window of the vehicle and grabbing large items, such as: purses, brief cases, wallets, and electronic items.
The thefts have been in populated areas during daylight hours.
On Monday, April 29th, the suspect was seen at the Switzerland County YMCA in a white car with Michigan license plates. The make and model of the vehicle is unknown, but the vehicle has damage on its front end.
Witnesses stated that they saw the suspect - described as approximately six feet tall and a white male - open the trunk of his vehicle, grab an unknown item, and approach the vehicle that he was parked next to.
The suspect then smashed the door window to the vehicle and began rummaging through the vehicle. Once he was finished, the suspect then fled the area in his vehicle, heading east on State Road 56.
The victim at the time was shocked at what they had witnessed, and were unable to call for help right away, according to Vevay Police Chief James Richards.
"Once our officer was called to the scene, he spoke with the victim of the crime," Chief Richards said. "The victim advised the officer that she had a blanket lying on her passenger seat that may have enticed the suspect to wonder what was under it. The victim stated that the blanket was moved from the seat, but no items were taken."
The Vevay Police Department is requesting that the public be vigilant in helping locate the vehicle described in this article, and call the Vevay Police Department at 427-3737; the Switzerland County Sheriff's Department at 427-3636; or 911 if you have any information on the suspect on the vehicle.
"We are also requesting that the public remove all valuable items from their vehicle when they leave it unoccupied, even if it's just for a short time," Chief Richards said.