Deputies: Woman linked to string of car burglaries

Victims had cars broken in at schools, church, and assisted living center

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County deputies have released a crime bulletin, hoping the public can help stop a string of car burglaries in the southwest area of the county.

"It looks like they tried to pop my lock and this was completely shattered in teeny tiny pieces," said Vickie Hann, as she pointed to her car window a week after thieves broke in and stole her purse sitting in the front seat.

Hann was helping her mom move at Springhills Assisted Living at 3800 Town Center Boulevard last Friday.

It took just a few minutes for burglars to steal hundreds of dollars worth of credit cards and electronics, and then use them at area Target stores in less than an hour.

Deputies released pictures of a woman who they said used Hann's credit cards at the stores. Deputies think she may be linked to a rash of car burglaries.

They have also connected the woman to other stolen items from a prior car burglary, that happened just two days prior at Walker Middle School. There, someone popped the lock on a woman's a car and stole checks from her purse.

Since December, thieves have targeted Sunday morning worshippers at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 12600 Marsfield Avenue. There, deputies said burglars broke into four different cars on four different days.

"We know she's not working alone," said OCSO Detective Geoffrey Fahringer. "We know she's working with an hispanic male with long hair down to his shoulders."

Now, deputies are hitting Twitter and Facebook, hoping the public can help crack the case before someone else becomes a victim.

"They're getting very brave and they're obviously doing this a lot because they know what they're doing," said Hann.

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