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Another Purse Stolen in Smash and Grab

Thieves continue to capitalize on opportunities for easy gain.

It is a scenario that has played out repeatedly over the past few months.

A victim, usually a female, leaves her purse in the car while she works out or enjoys a local park. When the victim returns to the vehicle, she finds her window smashed and the purse gone.

On Nov. 3, a Dacula woman became the latest victim of this crime.

According to the police report, the woman left her purse in her vehicle around 5:30 p.m. while she worked out at . When she returned to her car two hours later, she discovered that her front passenger side window had been smashed and her Coach purse was missing. The purse contained the victim’s wallet, credit cards, driver’s license, social security card, cash and miscellaneous paperwork.

The case is listed as active.

Watch Commander Lt. C. Clemons said Gwinnett County Police are being very proactive in their attempts to prevent further occurrences.

"We have continuously provided increased patrols in that area and we have been working with Gold's Gym to remind their customers to make sure they lock up their property in their trunk or leave it at home if they live relatively close by," he said.

In addition, citizens may also follow the following car break-in prevention tips from AOL autos:

  • Lock your doors.
  • Keep personal belongings out of sight.
  • Stow power cords, adapters and other items that might tip thieves off to the presence of concealed GPS units, iPods and other devices.
  • Secure your personal belongings before, not after, you park. .
  • Completely close windows and sunroofs.
  • Get an alarm.
  • Stick with your original audio equipment. After market stereos are often an attractive target for thieves.
  • Park in a busy, well-lit area.
Gary Fox November 07, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Idiots.
Dawn Siska November 07, 2011 at 11:24 PM
CANNOT believe it ... again ... Booooooo on the woman and the thief ... a "Coach" purse at that ... HELLO ... it SCREAMS "I HAVE MONEY IN ME"!!! ...
Gary Fox November 08, 2011 at 12:28 AM
If the victims would remove their cash & cards from their purse, then simply place those under the windshield wiper blade, they could avoid having the side windows broken out.
M.K. OSBORNE November 08, 2011 at 01:09 AM
also indicate by bow on the top so they can effeciently complete the task ,after all time is money.
Cynthia Montgomery November 08, 2011 at 03:40 AM
LOL I too am tiring of foolish people that leave their purses in plain sight or even in the car at all! Yet I know that when there is no more leaving purses in the car for the thugs to steal they will then move down the street and begin to break into our homes. It is sad that GOLD'S plan of attack is to put up signs saying BE CAREFUL! It is almost as if another competitor is funding these break in to "steal" clients away. A camera at the exits is all they need to catch the criminals. They should have on record their client's tag numbers. Seems easy to me to catch this thief so something else must be going on here.
Steve Rider November 08, 2011 at 03:56 AM
Yep, you've got to be quite foolish to leave anything in plain view these days. Crackheads are stealing air conditioners and copper wiring from homes so breaking a car window is nothing. I agree with Gary, if you're going to leave it out for them at least make it where they don't have to break the window. Then you'll only be out what's in your wallet and not $300 for a new window.
Elaine Morris November 13, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Cynthia, that's crazy. It's just the slime we have roaming our streets these days... and the stupidity of the people leaving valuables out in the open. They're just asking for a new car window and problems. Trunks are made to keep things out of sight. Corporations aren't going to "fund" car break ins. They have better means of taking clients away... like better rates/programs. Anyway... WHO in their right mind would leave a Coach bag in sight especially when they know their in a high risk area? Do we even KNOW for SURE it was a Coach bag? Do we even care anyway... the thing is... people aren't very bright.
Elaine Morris November 13, 2011 at 02:08 PM
LOL! That's true Gary! Sure would be less aggrevating. But then... I guess they ARE helping out the window replacement companies. LOL! Boosting the local economy at their expense. Maybe we should thank the 'not so bright' folks. LOL!

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