Reward Offered in Fort Payne Burglary Investigation

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) -- A DeKalb County company is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who broke into and stole from several employees' vehicles.

It happened Election Tuesday, and surveillance cameras recorded the man's car entering through an access road at 10:28 a.m., during the middle of a shift.

"We had four vehicles that was broken into," detective David Davis said.

"Some were broken into by force, and some of them no force was used in breaking in."

He said he wishes police did not have to continue to remind people to lock their doors and not give burglars an easy opportunity to get in a vehicle.

This burglar went from car to car for items of interest, and was gone in 12 minutes.

Victims reported missing items such as purses, and quickly cancelled their credit cards.

Davis said some people wait to do that with the hope that police can track where the thieves use the cards, but investigators recommend not waiting as some credit card companies continue to track canceled cards for fraudulent use.

Officers hope that might be the case here, but they also hope reward money will encourage someone to come forward with information about the burglaries.

"It does help, and it's not really unusual," Davis said.

"It doesn't happen all the time but it does happen some and they do help, just as people become more aware of the situation."

If you have information about the burglaries, call police at (256) 845-1414.

Investigators say the culprit may be responsible for more than this one isolated incident.

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