ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies are searching for a woman, and possibly other suspects, who are believed to be responsible for a rash of recent car break-ins in south Orange County.
The crimes happened at an assisted living facility, a school and a church in Orange County, deputies said.
One of the victims, Vickie Hann, told WFTV she was helping her mother move at the Spring Hills assisted living facility in south Orange County when her car was broken into.
"There was just glass everywhere," Hann said.
Hann said she left her purse in her locked vehicle for roughly ten minutes, only to return to find her window smashed. Her purse and all her belongings were stolen from the car.
"My iPhone, my iPad, all my IDs, my mom's Medicare card, my mom's social security card," Hann told Eyewitness News.
Investigators said they don't frequently deal with car burglaries at locations like these.
"The fact that people are targeting places like that, not just businesses, it's just atrocious," said Detective Geoffrey Fahringer with OCSO.
Deputies released surveillance images of the female suspect using Hann's credit card at an Osceola County Target store. Detectives believe the woman is wearing a wig.
Additionally, deputies don't think she is acting alone. They believe a man or men are doing the break-ins, and the woman is the one spending.
Four vehicle break-ins have been reported at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, which is just down the street from the assisted living facility, detectives said.
Another break-in happened at Walker Middle School and deputies said they have linked that crime to the woman in the surveillance images.
"It's definitely one where we have a hot lead we can track down, and that's why were asking the community for their help," said Fahringer.
If anyone recognizes the woman in the surveillance images they are asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office.