CLOVIS, California (KGPE/ KSEE) – The search for a suspect is underway, after a bizarre theft in Clovis. It’s all caught on camera.
Police say it happened last week, near Temperance and Sierra.
Take a look at this video, investigators say this woman scopes out a home, she then leaves, only to come back moments later to break into the car outside, stealing a purse.
Police say the suspect changed clothes, before she returned.
In the video, it shows the woman driving a light colored car, possibly a late 1990’s or early 2000’s Toyota Corolla; she pulls into the driveway of a house in a Clovis neighborhood.
The driver is a woman. The video shows her getting out of the car, enters the front gate of the home, rings the door bell, then walks away.
“Nobody answered the door and when she left she noticed it looked like if there was a purse inside a van on her way out,” says Sgt. Jim Munro with the Clovis Police Department.
Now take a closer look at the car she is driving and what she’s wearing.
The woman is wearing a bright orange shirt, blue jeans and her hair in a long ponytail.
Police say about 20 minutes later, after the woman leaves, she returns in the same car, but is wearing different clothes and her hair is up in a bun.
Video show that she walks up to the van with what looks like a towel, breaks the passenger window and steals the purse.
Then causally walks back to her car and drives away.
“We’re fairly confident that it’s the same person because it’s the same vehicle and we can only see one person in the car,” Munro said.
Residents nearby say they are shocked this happened not only in their quiet Clovis neighborhood, but in broad daylight.
“I think criminals are getting really bold and desperate, I mean to actually put a lot of time into what they’re thinking about doing and to actually scope things out and come back even that part is scary and I can see why people have security systems and cameras now,” says Cathy Gabler, a neighbor.
Police say this is a reminder to never leave anything valuable in your car.
If caught – investigators say the woman could face felony charges. The police need the public’s help to identify her.
Anyone who may recognize the woman in the video are asked to call the Clovis Police Department at (559) 324-2800.