Crook steals wallets, backpacks from team bus at local playoff game

Surveillance photos. (Waco ISD Police Dept.)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Waco ISD police released surveillance photos Thursday of a man wanted in connection with the theft of wallets and backpacks from a local high school baseball team’s bus during a playoff game at the Waco ISD softball complex.

Debit and credit cards from the wallets and backpacks were later used to make purchases at H-E-B stores in Waco and Temple after the theft from the unlocked bus on May 2 in the parking lot of the softball complex.

Items were also taken from an SUV that was parked in the lot during the game

“It is entirely unacceptable that someone would take advantage of the excitement of a playoff game to steal from student athletes, coaches and fans who are here as our guests. We’re asking for the public’s help to make sure this is the last time that this individual does this,” Waco ISD Police Chief David Williams said.

The man in the surveillance photos is wearing a tan and sage, green or grey cap with a round black and white logo on it; a black jacket with white stripes on its sleeve, and a light-colored shirt under the jacket, district spokesman Kyle Debeer said in a press release Thursday.

Police are also asking for the public’s help in identifying the logo on the man’s cap, he said.

Police think the same man may be connected to theft of credit cards and a wallet from three vehicles in October 2018 during a McGregor-West football game in McGregor,” Debeer said.

In both incidents the suspect was driving a white Chevrolet Malibu and stolen debit and credit cards were used to purchase Visa gift cards.

Investigators are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or the logo on his cap to call Waco IDS police at (254) 752-0858.