Police arrest man accused of car break-ins in Wentzville

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by Adam McDonald, KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 6:32 AM

(KMOV) -- Wentzville Police apprehended a suspect wanted for stealing numerous items from unlocked cars on Wednesday.

It was reported that Lavintez Carr, 20, had stolen credit cards, laptops, check stubs, social security cards, insurance cards, and camera equipment valued at $4000.00.

Police found Carr at his sister’s house after reviewing surveillance footage of him using a stolen credit card at a business in Wentzville.

After gaining consent to search the house, police found many items matching the previously reported stolen goods along with numerous items that had not yet been reported as stolen, including an unclaimed purse.

Police located the owner of the previously stolen purse and determined that Carr had entered through the victim’s open garage door.

The Wentzville Police Department's program “Night Eyes” requires patrol officers to attempt to contact homeowners if they see an open garage door.  During the investigation, it was discovered that a Wentzville Officer had been patrolling near the residence where Carr stole the purse.

The officer attempted to contact the homeowner about the open garage, but the homeowner didn't respond. 

Carr located the open garage door after the officer had left and proceeded to sneak in and steal the purse.

Carr was arrested and confessed to all of the known thefts and is being charged with first-degree burglary and felony theft of a credit device.

Bond is currently set at $25,000.00 cash only.

 

 

The Wentzville Police Department has offered safety tips in order to keep citizens safe:

1)      Lock your vehicle.

2)      Take all valuables from your vehicle into your residence.

3)      Close your garage doors each and every night.

4)      Lock the door between the garage and the interior portion of your residence.

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