Crook makes clean getaway after Oakland Park car wash burglary

May 14 theft at Sparkle Clean Car Wash caught on surveillance video

By Jeff Tavss - Executive Producer

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - A burglar made a clean getaway after stealing a woman's purse outside an Oakland Park car wash.

The May 14 incident at the Sparkle Clean Car Wash was caught on surveillance video.

A woman was vacuuming her car when a black Volkswagen Passat pulls alongside and parks next to her. A man gets out of the Passat and begins to vacuum that vehicle.

The woman walks around to the other side of her car and opens the passenger door to grab a smartphone. After using the phone, she puts it back in the car and leaves the door wide open.

A second later, the man with the Passat reaches into the car and steals the purse.

The man gets back into his car and speeds off.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Broward Sheriff's Office Detective Samantha Cottam at 954-202-3131. Anonymous tips can be made to Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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