The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men believed to be responsible for at least one car break-in at Buck Creek State Park and possibly connected to several others within the past month.
The most recent incident occurred July 21 in a parking lot near the intersection of Robert Eastman and Croft roads.
Surveillance footage obtained from a camera at that parking lot shows two men parking next to an SUV and looking through the window of the vehicle. It’s believed they may have been casing the area, said Detective David Perks.
“It appears as if they pulled in and were looking in other vehicles for items of value that were visible and in plain sight,” he said.
After another SUV parks on the other side of the parking lot, the occupants exit and leave with their dogs, then the two men move their station wagon next to it. Video shows them circling the parking lot on foot before walking back to their car. One sits in the driver’s seat with the window down, presumably to keep watch, while the other man uses something to break open the SUV’s small back window. He opens the door and takes something from inside the SUV, gets back into his own car and the two men leave.
The owner’s purse was stolen from the car, and it contained her driver’s license, Social Security card and credits cards. Perks said the thieves attempted to use the cards twice locally, which may mean the two live in Clark County.
The break-in resembles at least two other break-ins involving vehicles at Buck Creek State Park in July, and Perks said it’s possible the same two men are responsible.
The vehicle they are driving is a late 1990s model silver Ford Taurus station wagon.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (937) 328-2560.