UPDATE: Greenville Police Have Suspect in Early Morning Car Break-Ins
Greenville Police are investigating several car break-ins that were reported early Wednesday morning. They say the break-ins most likely occured sometime after midnight; the first reports came in between 3 and 4 AM. All were within a mile of one another.
Police are saying around 20 cars were broken into, including an unmarked police car. They say money and electronics were the main items stolen from the cars, but the thieves also took a Greenville Police AR-15 rifle out of the unmarked car.
Police Chief Justin Lovvorn says all of the cars, including the unmarked vehicle, were unlocked.
Lieutenant Danny Bond believes the suspects walked along the neighborhoods, checking every car to see if any doors were unlocked. Once they found an unlocked car, he says, they took what they could find.
The investigation is still ongoing and police are checking into every lead they have right now. Right now there is no word on if any action will be taken against the officer who had the gun stolen.
Lovvorn is offering a $500 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest. The Greenville Police Department’s number is (334) 382-7461.
Lt. Disney with GPD says the department was able to get a quick video of the suspect from surveillance footage.
The suspect was seen at 4:43 a.m. on February 22 trying to get into an SUV but was scared away by the motion light. He is the suspect in 11 Breaking and Entering of Motor Vehicle and several other attempts.
GPD says the suspect needs to be identified. A $500 reward is being offered information that leads to an arrest.