Be careful where you leave your keys; nightclub bandit cleans out SUV

Be careful where you leave your keys; nightclub bandit cleans out SUV

POSTED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 1:00am

UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 1:04am

A Sulphur woman was arrested for allegedly stealing a items from an SUV parked at a nightclub.

On February 12, at approximately 4:45 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a Sulphur nightclub in reference to a SUV that had been burglarized.

The investigation revealed while inside the nightclub, Crystal D. McClelland, 23, stole the victim’s keys which were sitting on the bar. McClelland went to the victim’s SUV which was in the nightclub parking lot, and removed several items including a cell phone, and a purse which contained credit cards, then returned the keys before the victim realized they were missing.

After leaving the nightclub, McClelland made over $250 in purchases with the stolen credit card, including buying gas for her vehicle, cigarettes from a local gas station and food from a local restaurant.

During further investigation, deputies received video surveillance from the Sulphur nightclub which captured McClelland entering the victim’s SUV and stealing the items. When questioned by detectives, McClelland confirmed she stole the items from the victim’s SUV and used the credit card to purchase items at the local gas station and restaurant.

McClelland was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft under $500; theft $500--$1,500; and unauthorized use of an access card.

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