Caught on camera: Man steals wallet out of car

Caught on camera: Man steals wallet out of car

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when Jameshia Nettles decided to make a quick stop at the Jubilee Convenience Store at College Dr. and Corporate Blvd.

"I came here to get a drink and a cup of ice, and when I came back to the car, I noticed my wallet was missing out of my car," said Nettles.

Around 7:16 Wednesday night, surveillance video at the store picked up a man seen in a white tee-shirt and green hat checking out. He walked out to a gray Chevy truck and killed some time scratching off lottery tickets. Around 7:30, Nettles pulls up next to his truck.

"I went to go get my money out and luckily, I did take all my cash out and I just threw it on my seat," said Nettles.

The same man seen inside the store checking out was caught on surveillance video lingering between her car and his truck, checking his surroundings and finally, he decided to go for it. Surveillance caught him sticking his arm in the car because Nettles had her window partially rolled down. He then allegedly took her wallet and drove away. Nettles was walking out of the store as he was leaving.

"I felt so violated because that never happen to me, and I never thought it would happen to me," said Nettles.

"It only takes a split second to be a victim," said BRPD's L'Jean McKneely.

McKneely said while it may sound like common sense, but beginning now till the end of the year, it's even more crucial to pay attention and not leave a bag, purse, wallet or electronics in plain sight.

"It's the holiday season and it's approaching real fast, and criminals are opportunists. That means they take the opportunity they see to commit a crime," said McKneely.

McKneely said take any valuable items with you or lock them in your trunk. As for Nettles, fortunately, she did not have any additional cash in her wallet. She said only her ID's were in the wallet.

"For one, I shouldn't have had my window down. I should have had it up. It's just a lesson learned. I know better for next time," said Nettles.

Anyone with information on who the man caught on surveillance video is or his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP.

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