New surveillance video of suspects swiping a purse at a gas station

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Kettering Police say they’re zeroing in on a theft suspect but need your help to finish the job. Now there’s new surveillance video that shows the theft in progress. Kettering police says this was most likely a crime of opportunity, not a targeted theft.

The suspects saw an unattended car at a gas station and made a quick grab. Now they’re getting close to tracking them down.

Officer Joe Ferrell says, “We’ve had several great calls coming in with information, and now it looks like that information is matching up. So, I believe we’re on our way to identifying these subjects.”

Kettering Police says they need more help identifying 2 men who snatched a purse from a car at a Kettering Speedway gas station in early November.

New security video shows how they did it. Officer Ferrell says, “Subject gets out, kind of walks towards the store. Comes back around to the passenger side of the vehicle. Gets inside very quickly. Just pops the door and takes whatever it was. Which ended up being a purse. Gets in their car and leaves the lot.”

This comes just days after an unattended car was stolen from a BP in Troy with a child inside. The common-sense warnings apply here: don’t leave your car unattended, especially not running; if you have to then make sure it’s locked.

Officer Ferrell says, “We have had issues with cars being warmed up in the morning. Cars being warmed up because it’s cold, the car is broken into or stolen. So that can happen I think because of the colder months.”

Officer Ferrell says thefts in general seem to tick up in winter months. But he says the increasing number of surveillance systems is helping track down burglars. He wants would-be offenders to think twice, knowing more homeowners and businesses are installing security cameras to catch them in the act.

But Ferrell says it won’t stop everyone: “If they leave their car at the pump, running unlocked, there’s a good probability that someone, criminal-wise, may mess with it.”

Officer Ferrell also recommends registering your home camera with Kettering police. Police can’t access it remotely, but if you do have a camera and a crime happens nearby, it means police then know who to go to in order to look for more evidence.

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