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$3,500 in tools stolen from truck in South Philadelphia

Friday, July 26, 2013

Police are looking for the man who stole $3,500 in tools from a parked truck in South Philadelphia.

The crime happened around 6:00 a.m. on June 4th in the 1000 block on Winton Street.

Investigators say the unknown man got into the truck and stole the tools, along with an iPod, and fled.

Surveillance video of the crime shows the suspect stealing from a white pickup truck.

He spends approximately three minutes stealing the tools, with the doors of the truck wide open.

There have been a growing plague of similar break-ins across South Philadelphia this summer, especially around 7th and Dickinson streets.

Authorities are looking into whether the same suspect is responsible.

"It's also something that only takes seconds. You're in and out, going for small electronic devices and change," said Officer Mike Duffy.

The heat wave caused Mike Frankel to leave his garage door cracked ever so slightly.

"I had the garage door open to vent the heat from the car. Around 1:00 in the morning my neighbor saw on video a man came in, rolled under the garage door, and was in there for about 35 minutes trying to get into the house," Frankel.

Police are gathering more surveillance video of the culprit, who appears to operate alone under the cloak of post-midnight darkness.

Until the suspect is caught, officials have offered some suggestions for residents.

"The GPS that might cost you or I $150 they might just get $5 to get their next fix. Don't leave your GPS in view, secure it or don't even leave it in your car," said Officer Duffy.

Meanwhile anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or through PhillyPolice.com.

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