The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) is seeking the identity of a man they say may be responsible for a rash of recent vehicle break-ins.
GPD released security camera footage of a black male walking into a store wearing black pants and a red shirt.
“He was using credit cards of victims,” GPD spokesman David Chudzik said in an interview. “We do think that he still might be wearing the same clothes, especially now that it’s getting colder.”
Earlier this month GPD and the UF Police Department reported a spike in vehicle break-ins—as many as 43 in one night. Many of the victims reported only minor theft, but at least one firearm was taken.
Chudzik said the break-ins have tapered off to where they were before the spike began in November. He said investigators have received few leads, so they are hoping release of the security camera footage will change that.
“We’re really hoping someone recognizes him,” Chudzik said.
GPD asks anyone with information on the man’s identity to call Det. Sgt. Litchfield at 352-393-7687.