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Chesterfield police search for car "smash-and-grab" suspect

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Chesterfield police continue their search for a woman wanted in connection to a string of "smash and grab" car break-ins. Those vehicles were all parked at health clubs.

The first incident happened at the Midlothian Athletic Club, back in July. Someone left a purse in plane sight. A suspect broke the car's window and snatched the bag, late that afternoon.    

Club members John and Donna Kaminer say they're taking no chances.

"We don't leave anything out that can be seen that looks attractive," said John Kaminer.

Police say the suspect drove down the road and tried to use one of the stolen credit cards at a nearby Shell Station. However, the card was denied.

The next stop on the smash-and-grab spree was another busy health club in Chesterfield. A suspect then smashed windows on two separate cars, at the Woodlake Aquatic Fitness Center. The suspect grabbed purses left on the floor of the car.

"Wow! I mean in broad daylight. I cannot believe that...especially in this area," said Elvira Smith, a member of the Woodlake Aquatic Fitness Center.

Police say money was withdrawn from a bank account. Two stolen checks were cashed, and an American Express card was used at a Gas Mart in Amelia. Investigators say surveillance pictures show the suspect using the card at the gas station. The suspect is shown wearing a pink hoodie, and driving a black sedan.

"I do have a bad habit… Sometimes I do leave my bag in view…in the car seat," admitted Smith, who is not unlike many people who routinely leave their bags in their cars.

Detectives are reminding everybody to keep valuables out of site, and locked up in the trunk.

If you know anything about the suspect in the picture or break-ins that may be related to this slew of thefts, call Chesterfield Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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