Sheriff's office asks citizens to identify vehicle burglar

The suspect was caught on home security footage testing door handles and looking through the windows of two parked vehicles at a home in Beverly Hills.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is asking citizens to help identify a suspect of recent vehicle burglaries in Beverly Hills.

Between 1:30 and 1:41 a.m. Monday, April 5, home security cameras captured the suspect testing the door handles and looking through the windows of two parked vehicles.

CCSO posted the photos to its Facebook page Monday, April 5.

This is one of among several vehicle burglaries in the area of Lincoln Avenue and SJ Kellner Boulevard in Beverly Hills, according to the CCSO Facebook post.  

The CCSO wrote that the burglaries typically happen in the early morning and evening hours. The suspect often targets vehicles with unsecured doors or locked vehicles with valuables such as credit cards and bags in plain sight.

The CCSO also wrote that the suspect often burglarizes multiple vehicles in one night. So far, they have stolen firearms, ammunition and multiple credit cards.

To help prevent these occurrences, the CCSO reminded citizens via Facebook to remember three important steps to prevent crime:

  • Secure it Citrus ­— lock your doors.
  • Put your junk in the trunk.
  • Never leave an unattended firearm in your vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes should call the CCSO non-emergency number at 352-249-2790 or Crime Stoppers at 888-ANY-TIPS.  

Hannah is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or email hannah.sachewicz@chronicleonline.com.

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