Conyers thieves follow victim from bank, steal money from car

CONYERS -- More than $1,000 was stolen from a woman's car after thieves apparently followed her from the bank to a nearby shopping center.

Security video from the Target store on Ga. Highway 20 South showed the woman's car pulling into the store parking lot at about 3 p.m. Monday, followed by a gold-colored older model van with dark-tinted windows, according to a report by the Conyers Police Department.

The victim, a 64-year-old Conyers resident, told police that she went to the Wells Fargo bank on Ga. Highway 20 South at about 2:40 p.m. where she made a deposit and withdrew more than $1,000. The victim said she went directly to Target where she parked her car at the east end of the parking lot, put the money in a zippered bag under the driver's seat, locked her car and went inside the store.

When she returned about 30 minutes later, she found the driver's side window of her car shattered and the money and zippered bag gone.

Police said store security video showed the van follow the victim into the parking lot, circle the lot, and then park beside the victim's car after she went into the store. According to the incident report, the video tape showed a white male wearing a short-sleeved blue or white button-up shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap get out of the van and follow the victim into the store.

"The white male exits Target and appears to be a look-out, entering and exiting the store again," according to the police report.

At the same time, the suspect van circled the parking lot again and parked next to the victim's vehicle. The van is next seen leaving the parking lot. According to police, the white male suspect then leaves Target on a motorized shopping cart, runs into a line of carts, and walks off to the northeast end of the lot where he is picked up by what appears to be a maroon, 4-Runner-type vehicle.