Three arrested in car break-in, theft at Boulware Springs Park


Published: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.

Two men and a woman were arrested Thursday afternoon after police say the three broke into a car and used the credit cards they found at several gas stations around the city.

The Gainesville Police Department said the victim and her friend reported on Sunday that someone had shattered the rear passenger window on her car while it was parked at Boulware Springs Park on Southeast 15th Street at 4:21 p.m. Stolen from the car were a luggage bag, a GPS device, water shoes, clothing, and the victim’s friend’s backpack and wallet containing her identification and credit cards, the police report said.

The next day, the second victim told police her credit card was used at several gas stations around Gainesville. Police said surveillance video showed Sue Wright, 41, of 304 NE 42nd Place, making purchases with the victim’s credit card at Exxon on East University Avenue, Kangaroo Express on Hawthorne Road, BP on East University Avenue and the Gainesville Food Store on Southeast Fourth Avenue, the report said.

On Thursday, police detained Wright and two other suspects, Timmie Thomas, 39, of 1900 SE Fourth St., Apt. 134, and Craig Cooper, 42, of 1215 SE 12th Ave. Thomas told police he shattered the victim’s car window and took a backpack while Wright and Cooper were on the lookout, the report said.

The three then went to multiple gas stations and a food store, where Wright and Cooper purchased gas, beer and cigarettes, spending about $209, the report said.

All three were charged with felony counts of burglary and grand theft. Wright and Cooper were charged additionally with two more felony counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card and scheme to defraud, according to the police report.

Thomas, Wright and Cooper were being held Friday at the Alachua County jail. Bail had not yet been set Friday morning for Wright and Cooper, with Thomas detained in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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