Bexley police need help identifying a man suspected of breaking into a Bexley resident's car and stealing a wallet and credit cards.

Bexley police need help identifying a man suspected of breaking into a Bexley resident's car and stealing a wallet and credit cards.

Detective Dawn Overly said the credit cards have been used at 10 area gas stations. Police were able to secure a photo of the suspect using a stolen credit card to purchase cigarettes early March 27 at a Shell station at 2118 E. Broad St., Overly said.

Overly said police are asking if anyone can identify the suspect. Police believe the vehicle that the wallet and credit cards were stolen from might have been unlocked because there were no signs of forced entry.

"That is why we don't leave valuable property in our vehicles, especially now in summer season," she said. "It is warmer outside so there are more people outside looking in cars, looking in garages."

Police Chief Larry Rinehart said he sees police reports every day in which someone left their car unlocked or locked the car but left valuables in view, and a criminal took advantage.

"If our residents and visitors could only make it a point to put valuables out of sight and lock their car doors a lot of our petty crime would be avoided," he said.

The police department can be reached at 559-4444.