Avon Police seek couple on smash and grab crime spree
Avon Police and several other law enforcement agencies throughout the Indianapolis metro area are looking for a couple on a crime spree.
The man and woman prey on women who leave their purses in their vehicles at places like malls, parks and stores. The couple is caught on tape smashing windows, grabbing purses and making their getaway.
"They have some kind of tool and it just explodes," said Linda Crowe.
Crowe is still trying to regroup, three weeks after thieves took her purse in a smash and grab on her SUV. Police think she was one of a growing number of victims from the couple's crime spree.
"I have had to change my bank accounts, stop my credit card payments and even my direct deposit," Crowe said.
As Crowe exercised her two dogs, Jake and Gracie, at a local dog park, thieves hit her SUV in the parking lot. Unfortunately for her, she left everything inside except her cell phone.
"I had my cell phone in my pocket, whipped it out and called 911 and then called my bank," she said.
But as fast as she took action, she was too late.
Police say the couple goes straight to stores like Walmart and Target, racking up thousands of dollars in illegal purchases. In one case, the couple used the self checkout line at Walmart, spending $2,000. When they tried to use the same card at Target on a $500 purchase, the sale got declined, but the couple left the store undetected.
Investigators released surveillance video of the couple in the stores, trying to use the stolen credit cards. Police say to pay close attention to the man's t-shirt.
"It reads, 'I need two pair'," said Avon Police Detective Brian Nugent. "I am not exactly sure what the print is on her shirt, but it's pretty unique."
Although Crowe is back to spending more time doing arts and crafts, she hopes someone will help identify the couple before they strike again.
The couple is suspected in smash and grabs in Avon, Plainfield, Franklin, Greenwood and possibly Marion County.
Crime Stoppers is ready to pay a cash reward to the anonymous caller with the tip that leads to their arrest. The Crime Stoppers Hotline is open 24/7 at 317-262-TIPS.