Lincoln, NE-- It's a crime of opportunity, and one police say thieves love to see.
A couple left their car unlocked in a business parking lot late at night on Aug. 31.
Sure enough when they came back, all of their personal items that were left inside were gone.
That's where the thief's fun began.
"From the times and locations he was up all night going to a variety of locations spending as much as he could," says Officer Shane Winterbauer.
The suspect started by trying to get money from the ATM at US Bank near 27th and Ticonderoga. He tried to disguise himself by wearing a mosquito net. He wasn't able to get any cash but that didn't stop him from heading across the street to Walmart where he rang up more than $700 on a credit card.
From there the suspect took the time to stop at a Redbox just after midnight and then used the card again to fuel up his car and on more items inside Mel's Squeegee all before 2 a.m. He was quiet for a while before using the card again at a Kwik Shop, a power wash and another Redbox at 7:00 a.m.
The thief ended up stealing more than $2,000 in items and racked up another $1,000 with the stolen credit card.
Police say the victim could have avoided all the headache by following a few simple rules.
"We've said it before the big thing with cars is there are several things to prevent theft. First, lock your doors. Second, keep your valuables out of sight," said Winterbauer.
Police need your help catching the mosquito masked marauder.
If you have any information call Crimestoppers at 475-3600.