Thieves Target Daycare Center Parking Lots During Pickup
WHITE HOUSE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Two cases of purse theft from vehicles at two different daycare centers located less than two miles apart MAP as mothers were picking up their children, are being investigated by the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and White House Police.
The two incidents both occurred at the same time of day within a two week period, one at Small Wonders Daycare, located at 3033 Hwy 31W, on September 12 falling under the jurisdiction of White House Police, and another at the Quail Ridge Children’s Center, located on 3545 Honey Run Rd, on August 30 falling under the jurisdiction of the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office..
On September 12, a witness stated that at 5:30pm as a woman entered the Small Wonders Daycare center in White House to pick up her child, a black Dodge charger with tinted windows pulled into the parking-lot. The witness told police that a black male exited the passenger side of the vehicle and ran directly to the victims vehicle, opened up the unlocked door and took a purse from the front seat.
The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a similar incident.
The second theft, at the Quail Ridge Children’s Center on October 30, was identical and less than two miles away. A woman arrives to pick up her child, again at 5:30pm and comes back out to her vehicle to find her purse was gone. No direct witnesses have come forward so far in this case but police are still investigating and looking at video surveillance footage in the area.
Officials are not sure if the two incidents are connected but admit there are many similarities in the two cases. Same time of day, same general area, both daycare centers, in both cases purses were taken, both thefts occurring as the victims were picking up their children and both occurred within a two week period.
Last year around this same time in White House, several vehicles were broken into in the Cracker Barrel parking lot (FULL STORY) and last December, also in White House, almost a dozen auto burglary reports were filed with the White House Police Department within a 24 hour period FULL STORY.
According to White House Police Chief Pat Brady, “Probably about 90% of vehicle burglaries involve vehicles that have been left unlocked.
“So as we investigate these cases we would like to remind the public to try and avoid leaving valuables inside vehicles but if you do, try not to leave them in plain site, and please remember to lock your vehicle, even if you only plan on stepping away for a moment.”
Anyone with information about these two crimes is encouraged to call dispatch at 615-384-4911
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