By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - The Omaha Police Department is asking for your help finding the crooks that stole from a mother while she was inside her children's daycare.
In this week's Caught On Camera, Fox 42 News is working with Crime Stoppers to catch a thief.
It was the middle of the afternoon; she had stopped her car right outside the daycare to pick up her kids. She was inside just a matter of minutes, but that's all it took for the crook to break into her car, steal her purse and before she knew it, they'd already racked up over $800 on her bank card.
"You can see right here where they stuck the pliers in…actually missed the first time." Andrea Fernandez said she's frustrated.
She had her back turned for just a few minutes while she was picking up her kids from daycare and someone broke into her minivan stealing her purse. "It's very frustrating. I mean you think you're safe at a daycare just five minutes, ten minutes, you don't think anybody's going to stop and do something to your car," Fernandez said.
The bartender working at the Liquid Lounge next door saw the crook bash her window in. He even tried chasing the man down before the get-a-way driver took off. "He saw the guy hit the window and jump into the vehicle at least so he described him as 6 feet tall, darker hair, short hair, possibly a mustache."
She said less than 45 minutes later; the crooks racked up over $800 at three different Walgreens.
Police said this man is one of three they are looking for. "These criminals they're opportunists. It doesn't take much time for them to find a vehicle, take a quick glance inside. If they see something of value that they could pawn, pawn off to get some money pretty quick, they'll break a window and take it," Officer Michael Pecha said.
"I mean five minutes, that's all it took…I mean I'm never leaving anything in my van again that's of any value," Fernandez said.
"You never know when crime is going to strike. Obviously in this case and in other cases we've seen where people have at least taken a step to lock their vehicle, you would think that would be enough…again some of these criminals are very aggressive and they'll stop at nothing to get the property that they want," Officer Pecha said.
Fernandez said she thought this sort of thing would never happen to her and she warns other parents to be more cautious when they're dropping off and picking up their kids from daycare.
Officer Michael Pecha also encourages parents not to leave their cars running when they go inside. He said you never know who could be watching.
Police ask anyone with information regarding this motor vehicle theft to come forward.
If you know who he is or have a tip for the investigators, contact Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP. You will remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.
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