Investigators release photo of burglary/id-theft suspect

Sheriff's investigators released photographs of a man wanted for allegedly stealing a purse from  a car and using a credit card he found inside to make purchases. (Photo: San Diego Sheriff's Department)

Sheriff’s investigators released photographs of a man wanted for allegedly stealing a purse from a car and using a credit card he found inside to make purchases. (Photo: San Diego Sheriff’s Department)

ENCINTAS, Calif. – Sheriff’s investigators released photographs of a man wanted for allegedly stealing a purse from  a car and using a credit card he found inside to make purchases.

The man broke into a Hyundai Elantra parked at the Encinitas Ranch Town Center on the morning of Oct. 3, investigators said. He took a purse containing the owner’s credit card, driver’s license and social security card. The man later used the credit card to make several purchases at a Shell gas station at 865 Orpheus Avenue. When the credit card was eventually declined, the man drove off in a van with two women.

Deputies described the man as white, between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 145 lbs. He has blond hair and wore a black baseball cap with “Hard Luck” in white letters. He was wearing a black t-shirt with three words outlined in red. Two of the words on the t-shirt were “built” and “for.” He was wearing white plaid shorts and back flip flops. He had a large, intricate tattoo on his lower left arm, according to deputies.

Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to call the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station at 760-966-3500, or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. Crime stoppers is offering up to $1,000 reward to information leading to an arrest in this case.