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 July 7th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara asks public's help to identify beach burglary suspects
A store security video may help St. Lucie County Sheriff's investigators find the identities of the burglars who smashed car windows to steal credit cards from purses of beach-goers in recent days, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"The video shows a white female at a Target store last Thursday in Greenacres City (Palm Beach County) after she purchased a gaming console using a stolen  credit card," Sheriff Mascara said. "The credit card came from a purse left in plain view inside a car used by a woman who went to Waveland Beach (South A1A, St. Lucie County ), locked her purse inside the car and walked to the beach."

Anyone with information may call 9-1-1 in St. Lucie County anytime, or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 (TIPS) anytime, or St. Lucie County detective offices at 772-462-3230 during business hours. Callers to Crime Stoppers don't have to leave their names to be eligible for cash rewards if the information leads to an arrest.

There have been four burglaries to cars in beach access parking lots in the last two weeks.

"I want to urge anyone going to the beach to lock valuables inside the trunk," Sheriff Mascara said. "If you leave your purse, wallet or other valuables in the cab of your car in plain view, you're asking for trouble."

Here is a summary of recent vehicle burglaries along south beach, St. Lucie County:

6/24/2010, 10 - 10:42 a.m.
7/1/2010, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
7/1/2010, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
7/5/2010, 10 a.m. - noon

The victim in the second listed case contacted her credit card companies about the theft. She was adivsed her card was used at the Chevron station at interstate 95 and Kanner Highway (State Road 76) in Stuart.

The stolen credit cards were also used at the Target stores in Palm Beach County on Lake Worth Road in Greenacres City and on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach. Store video identified a white female suspect wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. The stolen credit cards were used to purchase a Play Station 3 and XBox 360 from both Target stores.

The suspect is seen driving a late model red Chevrolet HHR, a small SUV.

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