Gilbert mom turns detective to find suspect who broke into her car, stole items

Posted at 10:58 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 01:58:12-04

A routine vehicle break-in turned into an extraordinary response from the owner of the car. 

A Gilbert mom playing detective to try and catch the culprit. 

"I work hard for what we have. I just don't think that's fair," said Nikki Evans, who discovered her purse missing from her car one morning in early October. 

The purse was gone along with some shopping bags and even a commemorative military discharge wring she was holding for a friend. 

"Awful. I feel guilty because it's not mine to lose or give away and I doubt we'll ever get it back," said Evens. 

But she decided she needed to try.  She checked her credit card statements and discovered the thief is apparently a movie buff — using her card at a Red Box movie rental kiosk.  Her next call was to Red Box to ask when and where the movies were rented.  Turned out the alleged thief used the kiosk at Walmart about a mile and a half from Evans' home. 

"Tried to go to Walmart and get videotape and no luck there at first.  Until we filed a report [with police].  Then the officer went down to Walmart and got the videotape. 

Now, the suspect's picture is displayed on her Facebook page, waiting for the next break in her case.  

"It seems like something he just did out of fun or out of habit and I don't think that's okay," said Evans. 

If you recognize the suspect, call Gilbert PD.