Panama City Police Department continues to work leads on a string of car burglaries within the city. A silver Chevy sedan carrying two suspects smashed more than seven car windows this past week--stealing hundreds of dollars in cash and other belongings.
But a recent discovery of hand bags outside a St. Andrew's business may link these cases with others in surrounding counties.
"When officers responded [to Enzo's Pizza] and it happened about the same time frame as the car burglaries...they put two and two together," said Sergeant Michael Brewer from Panama City Police Department.
Purses were found in a dumpster behind Enzo's on Beck Avenue Friday afternoon. Over the weekend investigators discovered one of the purses found was stolen from Marianna in Jackson County.
"One of our crime scene investigators knew about some burglaries that happened up in Jackson county and contacted the local enforcement up there and found out one of the purses that was located was involved in the crime that happened up there," said Sergeant Brewer.
"Related to ours."
Two suspects are being sought by the Jackson County Sheriff's office for more than a half dozen car burglaries. The same make and model car responsible for the smash and grabs that spread throughout Panama City last week.
"We have put a message out to all counties west of Jacksonville to Pensacola--anybody that has similar cases to give us a call," said Brewer.
Panama City detectives are currently investigating more surveillance video in conjunction with other agencies. Sergeant Brewer told News13 that Tuesday Panama City detectives will meet with Jackson County officials about the cases.
Authorities encourage woman to be aware of their surroundings when exiting their vehicles and to always carry their belongings with them.