Police: Man goes shopping, steals SUV from Walmart parking lot

Posted at 4:36 PM, Feb 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-13 12:54:27-05

CULPEPER, Va. (WTVR) – Culpeper police released surveillance photos Friday of a person of interest in a recent SUV theft and are asking for help finding other stolen cars.

Official said a white male put some groceries into a 1989 green Chevrolet Blazer, which was not his truck, in the Walmart parking lot on Feb. 5.

The man then headed back inside the store, did some more shopping and came out with some additional groceries, according to officers. He took off in the Blazer, with Virginia plates XBU-9464, around 11 p.m. and the SUV has not been seen since.

Additionally, police said there have been three other vehicle thefts over the last two months. In those four crimes, only one of the vehicles was recovered.

The most recent theft happened in the Arby’s parking lot on Jan. 27 around 11:45 p.m. That’s when  a 2006 black Nissan Sentra, which was left with its engine running, was stolen . It was recovered on Finley Drive soon after. The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a black jacket and orange and black hat.

A 2004 gold Honda Accord with Virginia plates KHA-1615 was also stolen on Jan. 19 around 7 a.m. in the 800 block of Hendricks Street. The car was unlocked and running when it was stolen. It has not been recovered.

In December, a tan 1995 Oldsmobile with Virginia plates LILNNA was reported stolen from the 700 block of Belle Court between Dec. 23 and Dec. 25. That car is also still missing.

Officials warned residents that they should never leave their cars running and unattended.

If you have information that could help investigators, call Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300 or Detective Richard Brooking at 540-829-5504.