FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Gabrielle DeRose said she learned her lesson the hard way about leaving things in her car after it was broken into back in August on the southwest side.
"I had to get up and go to work, so I'm all ready to go, go outside," she said.
That's when she went outside and found her passenger window shattered, and her purse and wallet gone. The 18-year-old was just two days away from moving to college when it happened.
She found out whoever stole her credit and debit cards used them at several southeast side gas stations.
"When I called the desk sergeant, the lady I spoke to told me it was basically on me to go to all these places that they spent my money at and see if they would submit video evidence," DeRose said.
Gabrielle and her mom, Tonya, finally found surveillance video from a Phillip's 66 on Wayne Trace of boys using the cards. Tonya believes they're the same boys who have been caught on camera hitting cars in Indian Village.
"There was four youth, they look to be about the same size and body type as the ones we saw on the surveillance video from the gas station that used my daughters' card," she said.
Tonya said the gas station attendant recognized the boys as regular customers. She said the police haven't been helpful.
"She has no idea if there's any progress, or if the crimes are connected, or what they're doing about this. And these kids need to get more than a slap on the wrist for this," Tonya said.
Now she said she's angry for her daughter, and hopes someone in the community knows something.
"They stole from her. She had to replace that. I feel violated on her behalf."
If you know anything about this break-in or any of the break-ins in Indian Village, you're asked to contact police at 427-1222.