WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – At least two people had their purses stolen from the front seat of their car in a matter of moments at two Washington Township day care centers, while they ran inside to drop off their children.
Montgomery County Sheriff, Rob Streck, said the criminal, or criminals, likely targeted the locations because they knew it would be hectic.
One parent was dropping off their child Wednesday morning at the Primrose School on Yankee, when they fell victim to at least one fast working criminal, and it also happened the same morning at The Goddard School, just five minutes away.
Streck said in the short time it took for them to walk inside, leaving their car unlocked, their purses went missing.
“As soon as they got the purses, they went straight to a local Kroger’s and like they do, they charged up anything they can as quickly as they can, and get out,” said Streck.
Streck said they are looking into surveillance video from nearby businesses as well as the Kroger to try and identify the suspect or suspects.
But he warns, they could target other daycares because of distracted parents, and encourages everyone to keep an eye out and lock your door, even if you leave for just a moment.
“You’re worrying about your children, you’re probably thinking about getting to work or wherever you’re going, and it’s a time they know people often forget to lock their doors,” said Streck.
Streck added, this shows crime and observant criminals do not discriminate on neighborhoods, and said it may be a good idea to even go a step further than just locking your car.
“If you want to leave your purse or wallets or a laptop in your car, if you could put them in your trunk where they’re more secure, that would be better,” said Streck.
Streck believes the suspects could have done something like this before, whether that’s in the Miami Valley, Ohio, or the Midwest.
But he said they do have suspect information and are pursuing those leads.