For more than a year, a man has been creeping around Lakeland area & breaking into cars

Local I-Team

LAKELAND, Tenn. ( – He has been caught on camera over and over breaking into cars. But for more than a year now, police haven’t been able to catch a so-called Lakeland creeper as he breaks into cars.

Security cameras have caught the creeper plenty of times, but the guy seems to be outsmarting everyone.

“I’ve got him on video coming through 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning. He checks the doors. If he can get in, he rummages through everything, said homeowner Paul Russenberger.

Just a few weeks ago, the creeper was back in Russenberger’s driveway. It was the second time this year. Both instances were caught on his camera systems.

“It’s the exact same guy wearing the same outfit. What looks like combat boots gloves and blue hoodie. It’s the same thing each time, “said Russenberger.

On social media like Facebook and NextDoor, frustrated homeowners have spent the past year sharing their videos and sightings of the car bandit.

Victims say he mostly works Lakeland, but also hits parts of Bartlett and Cordova. We first told you about the late-night creeper in June. Law enforcement is once again asking for your help

“This individual has been breaking into vehicles for months and we are still seeking the public’s assistance to help capture this individual,” said Capt. Anthony Buckner with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

While there are plenty of posts and pictures of the creeper breaking into cars or trying to break into cars, he has somehow avoided getting caught. On social media, people report having pictures of him going back as far as August of 2018.

“It is a little bit discouraging but he’s pretty good at what he does, ya know. They are going to have to catch him in the act because he doesn’t leave a trace really,” said Russenberger.

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