Gwinnett Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect believed to be connected to several vehicle break-ins and thefts within the past month at gyms while the owners were working out. The suspect allegedly scouts the vehicles in the parking lot for wallets and purses that are visible and then allegedly breaks in and steals credit cards and cash.
According to a press release, on June 6 the suspect broke into a vehicle parked at Planet Fitness located at 1455 Pleasant Hill Road in unincorporated Duluth and then he charged at least $250 at a RaceTrac located at 906 Pleasant Hill Road and Walmart located at 4004 Lawrenceville Highway. Two days later he allegedly broke into a vehicle parked at Crunch Fitness located at 1175 Scenic Highway in unincorporated Snellville and then went to Walmart located at 1400 Lawrenceville Highway and charged over $500. On July 1, he then allegedly broke into a vehicle parked at Crossfit PPG located at 4505 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Peachtree Corners. He then went to Kroger located at 3093 Steve Reynolds Boulevard in Duluth and charged at least $500 before proceeding to the Walmart located at 3059 Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville and attempted to charge at least $2000. He did this by purchasing gift cards, a process that police say has become more and more prevalent in financial transaction card theft/fraud cases.
The suspect attempted to avoid identification on surveillance cameras at each of the locations by wearing a hat and tilting his head down. He is described as “a black male with a beard and a tattoo on his left forearm. In the Planet Fitness theft case he was seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, and dirty red/white tennis shoes. In the Crunch Fitness case he was seen wearing an Atlanta Braves hat, black t-shirt, and black pants. In the Crossfit PPG case he was seen wearing an Atlanta Braves hat, white shirt, and blue jean shorts. The suspect is seen driving a white U-Haul pickup truck.”
If anyone has any information to share in this case, you are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 19-051347, 19-052210, 19-060210