GPD: Lock your car doors

NICOLE NORRIS/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD

According to Greenville Police Department CID Commander Justin Lovvorn, last Wednesday the Police Department received a call from South Carolina. The caller stated that on Tuesday she was travelling through Greenville when she stopped at a gas station and a short time later the caller realized her wallet was missing.

The caller notified Investigator Lt. Disney by phone and advised him that she felt like the wallet had to have been taken from her car while at the gas station in Greenville. Lt. Disney responded to the gas station and requested to review the store’s security footage. He was able to see where a male subject opened the victim’s car door, while she was inside the store.  The male reached in and took the victim’s wallet.  The subject then walked back to his vehicle which was parked next to the victim’s vehicle and left with the wallet.

Lt. Disney was then able to develop a suspect based on the video image.  He emailed the victim a line up and she identified the person she saw that day parked beside her.  Lt. Disney then located the suspect and brought him in for questioning.

The suspect, Robert Bones, 44 from Greenville, confessed to the theft of the wallet and showed Lt. Disney where he put the wallet. All of the victim’s property was recovered except for a small amount of currency.  Bones was arrested for unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and theft of property 4th and placed in the Butler County Jail.

Lovvorn said, “We would like to encourage everyone to make sure they never leave there valuables unattended even for just a couple of minutes. A criminal is always looking for an opportunity, don’t provide them with one.  Lock up your vehicle if you are going to walk away from it and hide anything of value so it cannot be seen.  Simple actions like these can save you a great deal of potential problems.”

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