Four vehicles broken into at track meet

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg Police are investigating the break-ins reported outside the Erickson All-Sports Facility at 305 Erickson Blvd. on Friday evening.

Officers from the Parkersburg Police Department were summoned to the parking lot outside of Erickson All-Sports Facility at 7 p.m. Friday to investigate an alleged larceny from a car, said Police Chief Joe Martin.

When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered multiple victims, each experiencing smashed car windows and personal items missing from their vehicles, Martin said. Four vehicles were victimized, he said.

Anyone with information about the four vehicle break-ins is asked to contact the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444 or to leave a tip on the website, www.parkersburgpolice.com

The items stolen were electronics and purses, which had been left in the vehicles during the Erickson/Camden Clark Medical Center Invitational track meet on Friday afternoon, Martin said.

An additional two vehicle break-ins and a stolen vehicle from over the weekend are not believed to be related to this case, Martin said.

While officers were on the scene collecting statements from victims, another officer discovered a location in the 1300 block of DuPont Road where some of the stolen property had been disposed of by dumping, Martin said.

Officers responded to the location and began collecting the stolen property, Martin said. While they were collecting the property, witnesses came forward with information about the suspects, he said.

The recovered property was returned to its owners, although several debit and credit cards had been taken from the purses, Martin said.

Officers advised the victims to contact their banks and credit providers to report the theft, Martin said. A short time later, it was discovered that one of the credit cards had been used at a local convenience store, Martin said.

Video has been recovered from the store where the credit card was used. It is believed the vehicle the suspects were using was a gray van with Ohio license plates, Martin said.

Detectives continue to investigate the case and are asking for assistance from anyone who may have information about the robberies.