A crime spree in the Ohio Valley taking place in two places at once has come to an end.
Police say the criminal never varied his habits and that helped police to get their man.
All over St. Clairsville, someone was opening car doors and stealing the belongings left inside.
“Some of ’em had credit cards, purses, wallets, cash,” said Chief Jeff Henry.
Police discovered the thief went out directly afterward, even in the middle of the night, and liquidated his stolen assets.
He got cash at the bank ATM in the Ohio Valley Plaza and bought big ticket items at Walmart.
“He would buy gift cards or TVs, items like that,” said Chief Henry.
At the same time, someone was doing the same thing, with the same mode of operation in Ohio County.
“I mean that’s usually the way it happens. They move from area to area. He hit probably, I think there was like 13 cars that were entered the night of the 26th. He made a nice haul,” said Chief Henry.
Police discovered it was the same man. They found their suspect, in his home in Shadyside, with the goods.
Police say people make it too easy for thieves, by leaving valuables in their cars, and leaving their cars unlocked.
“I always lock my car,” said Dodie Julian of Martins Ferry. “I do leave some things in my car but I keep it locked because I do have dark windows on my car.”
“We lock our car each time we go. All the time,” said Donald Dunfee.
“We always lock the car doors. We do everything that we can do to to try to keep people from breaking in the car,” said Evelyn Dunfee.
“Definitely don’t leave your purse or your wallet even inside a locked car. Take all your valuables inside the home. Definitely lock your car,” said Chief Henry.
Chief Henry says the suspect is now behind bars in West Virginia, but he’ll soon be charged in Ohio also. Once the suspect is formally charged, they will release the person’s name.