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BYRON CENTER, Mich.-- The suspect behind a string of break-ins across West Michigan is still on the loose Thursday night, but investigators may be closer to catching him thanks to some video surveillance.

An employee at Midwest Direct Transport is  currently working across the country, but received an alert on his phone Tuesday night that his car had been broken into. Upon further investigation, by his coworkers, they discovered his car's stereo system had been stolen.

After checking the security footage, they discovered the suspect was driving a white pickup truck with a camper top, clearly visible in the footage.  Police checked the security tapes and say the driver of the white truck has been breaking into vehicles all over West Michigan.

The trucking company has signs alerting people they're being recorded, but that didn't stop the suspect.

"We have two signs out at the entrance of our property that says you're being watched on video and cameras and the suspect never once even slowed down or looked at the signs," said Craig Warner, owner of Midwest Direct Transport.

In the surveillance video, you can see the driver of the truck searching the parking lot for a car to break into, ultimately deciding on a Dodge Prospector.

"The cameras are all reflective, so you see him when he pulls in," said Warner. "He pulled up and searched through the other cars that were locked and then he proceeded to this other than that he saw the stereo in and broke through the window to get the stereo equipment out."

When police watched the security footage they recognized the vehicle immediately.

"This guy has hit several businesses around our area so I'm assuming he's the one because it's the same white pickup truck with the camper top on the top on the back," said Warner.

The owner of the Dodge Prospector claims he found his stereo equipment for sale on Craigslist.

"The owner of the vehicle that was broken into happened to do a search on Craigslist and saw his equipment for sale, so I'm guessing they'll use that for the investigation too," said Warner.

If you have any information on the suspect or think you may have been a victim, contact the Kent County Sheriff's Department at 616-632-6100.

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