On April 20th, a car thief took aim at the Homestead Acres addition in Northwest Allen County. Julie Goodman's family was among the victims. The thief made off with not only an Ipod, but her husband's wallet just happened to be in the car that night.
"I thought I heard a noise at about two o'clock in the morning and 37 minutes later was when the first charge appeared on the credit card", said Julie Goodman.
The surveillance video from Meijer on Maysville road shows the young suspect using the credit card. He also made stops at Arby's and Wal-Mart, where he picked up a new Ipad. He was careful to use a self check-out to avoid showing ID, but didn't seem concerned that every move was caught on camera.
"it happens all the time, I don't know if they don't think they're going to get caught or don't know the cameras are there, but we utilize those", said Officer Jeremy Tinkel with the Allen County Sheriff's Department.
When the early morning shopping spree was over, the Goodman's were out nearly $2,000 and it could have been more had the thief not been flagged by Citibank's request for a zip code. Julie has spent hours on the phone tracking down the movement of the thief from McDonalds to Redbox. While the credit cards fraud department did return her money, she wanted to do anything she could to assist police and other consumers.
"we're not liable for any of the charges, but I feel a responsibility to help with the investigation, which I feel any consumer should feel", said Julie.
The story is a reminder to never leave valuables in your car overnight. Allen County Police say the suspect is a white male in his late teens to early 20's with light brown to blond hair. If you have any information you're asked to call Detective Sell at 449-7405.
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