Police search for car break-in suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett investigators are hoping the public can help them identify a man they believe was involved in at least three vehicle break-ins over the last several months.

At 11 a.m. on June 27, 2008, the suspect allegedly stole two bank bags from a vehicle at Encore in the 3300 block of Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. The victim was returning to her car from Bank of America when she heard her car alarm activate and saw a blue sport utility vehicle speed away.

On Aug. 12, 2008, at about 1 p.m., several items were stolen from the floorboard of a vehicle parked at a Manchuria Garden at 6180 McDonough Drive in Norcross. Video surveillance shows a black man exiting a blue SUV he stopped behind the victim's vehicle.

Also at the Manchuria Garden in Norcross, on March 19, a man fitting the suspect's description in the previous thefts broke out the back window of a vehicle, but nothing was stolen. Surveillance video shows the man walking around the parking lot talking on his cell phone. The man flipped his vehicle's license plate up so it couldn't be read, but Gwinnett police said they have pictures that clearly display the tag.

The Georgia license plate number is AFQ 2946.

Investigators said the suspect made entry into all three vehicles by busting out windows.

The man is described as a heavyset black man between 30 and 40 years old. He has short hair and drives a blue 1999 Ford Expedition with a custom front grill bug deflector on the hood.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300.