Mid-county police searching for auto burglary suspect who targets people leaving banks

Mid-county police searching for auto burglary suspect who targets people leaving banks

Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine and Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush are warning area residents to be on the lookout for a suspect burglarizing vehicles in Mid-county, targeting automobiles of people who have recently visited the bank or other financial institution.

According to a Chief Lemoine, area police departments worked several daytime auto burglaries over several days leading up to June 2. Lemoine and Bush both said "the common denominator" in the burglaries is that the victims had all just left their banks after withdrawing money. 

Chief Bush said it appears that a single suspect is responsible for multiple incidents in Nederland and possibly burglaries in Beamont and Port Arthur, as well. 

"This guy is hanging out at banks and watching to see which cars go through the drive-thru," Bush related. "Then, he follows them and breaks into their cars."

Cash and valuables have been taken during the burglaries.

Based on witness description and video surveillance, Bush described the suspect as a black male subject in a white, late-model Buick LaCrosse that is missing the front license plate. Citizens are asked to be observant while leaving the bank, and if anyone sees a vehicle matching this description, please contact the police. Port Neches police can be reached at (409) 722-1424, and the number to the Nederland Police Department is (409) 722-4965.

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