SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County Police say that tips from the public and follow-ups led them to six suspects in a series of thefts from vehicles at parks and recreation centers.
In December 2012, police said cases where credit cards were stolen from purses and wallets from vehicles had increased and that the theft victims were usually either running, walking, or exercising. The parking lots at South Run, Audrey Moore Rec-Centers and Burke Lake were target, according to police.
Detectives were able to pinpoint some stores where the stolen credit cards were being used to fraudulently buy items.
The six suspects were arrested and charged with offenses, such as larceny, fraud, credit card theft and drug charges.
Police say there have been less thefts since the arrests but they are still encouraging people to continue vigilance with their valuables. "There are likely other thieves looking for opportunities to steal," said police in a press release.
To lower the risk of having your valuables stolen, police suggest you store items out of sight or leave them at home.