Friday, May 29, 2015
Burglar Caught on Tape, Comes Back for Seconds
A local couple caught a burglar on tape as he entered their house and looked for items to steal. The door had inadvertently been left unlocked by houseguests. It happened May 15th, at about 2:30pm on a Friday afternoon. What appears to be the same man returns ten days later knocks on the door and behaves suspiciously (takes a few steps, but keeps looking back at the door) after hearing a dog barking.
A slightly edited version of the full narrative appears below:
My husband and I were burglarized on May 15th. We caught the guy on our home security camera. Unfortunately, he returned to our residence on Monday May 15th. We caught him on camera again! May 26th, our neighbor spotted him AGAIN! He keeps returning to the area and he's up to no good. Casing residences... etc. We've sent word to our immediate neighbors but it may not be a bad idea to pass it around to reach a larger audience. He tends to be on foot, alone, and come by in the afternoons.
First Sighting and burglary: The suspect first came by our place near 9th and K Sts NE Friday, May 15th, around 2:30pm. You'll see in the attached video that he enters the residence (door was left inadvertently unlocked by house guests), is initially scared because one of our dogs makes a noise, leaves out the front door, and then returns. He goes directly upstairs and takes two laptops, a camera, and three pairs of sunglasses all in a bag of baby clothes (baby clothes were later discarded on 10th St NE).
econd sighting: We saw him again on our property (and caught him on video because we moved the camera to face out the window to our porch) Monday, May 25th, around 3pm. We believe it is the same individual. You can see in the video that he knocks on the front door gently. We were home at the time. The dogs react and he turns around to walk away, but not before looking back to the residence (likely to verify if anyone was coming down the stairs - which my husband did.) my husband followed him down L St NE to further identify the suspect and then returned to the residence to call the police.
Third sighting: May 26th, our neighbor saw him on foot (we have sent the videos and pictures to all our neighbors) around 6:30pm. He followed the suspect down L St NE. Our neighbor contacted my husband via text message stating that he believed he had spotted the suspect and he was behaving suspiciously in the neighborhood - likely casing residences. My husband picked our neighbor up by vehicle and they followed him all the way to Eckington and took videos and pictures. I later met up with them on bike and we called the police.
Our case number is 15-070680.