Back in the day before the advent of electronic keys it was no problem to take your keys out with you in a key pocket or even stash them in or around your car or someplace you can keep an eye on them from the lineup. What to do with keys that can’t get wet? We like the Ge Security Keybox attached to our surf racks – it’s big enough to fit our entire key ring without removing the car key, a nice size shackle that fits most racks and secure.
Huntington Beach police are using Facebook to find a suspected vehicle burglar targeting surfers.
The Huntington Beach Police Department has posted five photographs of a man suspected of using keys hidden on vehicles while surfers are in the water to break in and steal valuables, police reported.
Two photographs of a woman caught with the suspect using a stolen credit card at a grocery store by security photographs were also posted.
The man was described as white, 35 to 45 years old, about 5’10″, 180 pounds with a long gray-blond goatee.
The suspect allegedly used keys hidden under the grill of a car Oct. 28 on 19th Street and Pacific Coast Highway to steal a wallet and watch while the driver was surfing. He was then allegedly caught by a surveillance photograph using the stolen credit card at a Vons in Garden Grove.
The man again allegedly found keys hidden on a vehicle Nov. 30 at 22nd Street and PCH while the driver was surfing. A wallet was stolen from the vehicle.
The suspect was later caught by surveillance with a woman using the stolen credit cards at a Ralphs in Fountain Valley and Albertsons in Huntington Beach, police reported.
A third victim parked and locked his car Dec. 5 in the Dog Beach parking lot off PCH and Goldenwest Street. The car was stolen and later found near Walnut Avenue and 22nd Street with a wallet, ring, camera and iPod missing.
A witness saw a man matching the description of the suspect in the other two incidents park the stolen vehicle and get into an older gray Chrysler van.
Police believe the man in the three incidents is the same and are asking for the public’s help identifying him and his female companions. Anyone with information is asked to call (714) 374-1601.