VIRGINIA BEACH - VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Eight cars were affected by the classic 'smash and grab' in Virginia Beach from October 31 to November 5.
In some cases the suspects stole credit cards and ID’s, using them to run up thousands of dollars in charges.
The bulk of these crimes took place during a 5K race at Mount Trashmore on November 5th.
“We came up to the car and the window was broken and then I thought my purse, they got my purse,” said one of the victims, Susan.
She asked not to be identified because her ID and check book have yet to be recovered and she is worried about identity theft.
Susan never imagined a Sunday morning 5K at Mount Trashmore could turn so ugly.
“I work hard for my money, I need my money, and it’s not right for someone to just go in and take something that’s not theirs,” she said.
While most people were up on the hill participating in the festivities that go along with the race, there were two suspects down below, in the parking lot, smashing car windows, and stealing personal information.
“I was just really numb. I could not believe somebody went into my vehicle and took my personal property,” said Susan.
Susan is one of six people to have their cars broken into in the parking lot. Fortunately, she was quick enough to cancel all her credit cards before they could be used.
“I’m basically an accountant, a book keeper, so money is always the first thing that’s on my mind,” said Susan.
It was just a few minutes after the cards were canceled that Susan got a notification on her phone from her bank that people had attempted to purchase $319 worth of groceries, using her credit cards, at the Kroger on Providence Road.
“Navy Federal is awesome, if it wasn't for that technology they would not have the suspects on their security cameras,” said Susan.
According to police, they have images of the suspects, a man and woman, entering the Kroger.
The same suspects are also wanted in connection with two other smash and grab car break-ins that occurred on Halloween. They were able to take more than $2,000 from the stolen credit cards.
If you have information on this case you are being asked to call Virginia Beach Police at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
“They are going to get caught, they will, I just know that they will,” said Susan.
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