COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Alleged crooks strolled through the streets of one local neighborhood early Wednesday morning, searching for an easy steal. A group of three suspects broke into a handful of cars, targeting those that were left unlocked.
Three suspects struck around 2 a.m., near North Carefree Circle and Marksheffel Road.
Dyanna Beyer, the mother of a young child, was shocked to hear it happened.
“It’s usually pretty safe," said Beyer. "We don’t usually have a lot of problems, kids run around and play a lot. Normally pretty safe neighborhood. I like it over here.”
Two weeks ago, Christopher Haynes just happened to set up his surveillance system. He says he always locks his car at night, but had a slip-up.
"I was carrying food in at night and forgot to lock it the one time, and unfortunate that it happened and it happened that night," said Haynes.
He was lucky enough however, that his new system caught the crooks on camera.
One video shows a young man. He approaches Haynes' car, then carefully opens the door. He rummages through the center console, inspecting and taking various items, then goes through the glove box and does the same. In the video, you see another suspect walking on the other side of the street.
Almost ten minutes later, a different young man and woman get inside the same car belonging to Haynes, and again rummage through his items.
Haynes says the three thieves took, "“Some money, some personal belongings, stuff like that, stuff they can turn around and sell and get money.”
Apart from the cash, they also took his garage door openers.
"I actually had two taken as well, so now they have means of getting inside my house and it’s definitely nerve-wracking to say at least,” Haynes said.
The victim said the crooks stole from at least three others in the neighborhood as well.
“A lot of anger, anger and then anger toward myself that I actually made the mistake of leaving my car unlocked," Haynes said. "We all hope to live in an area where we don’t have to worry about that stuff, but it shows that no matter where you live, people are still going to come looking.”
Now, the victim is looking to warn others to be careful and if possible, install security systems.
“Definitely a lesson learned. Unfortunately, it happened to me and it happens to a whole bunch of other people as well,” Haynes said. “Be more careful. Double check to make sure your doors are locked, double check to make sure your car is locked. We all get in that mindset of, ‘I definitely checked it, I made sure it was locked,’ but sometimes we do forget.”
Police are investigating the case. They are also reminding residents to try not to leave garage door openers in your car, or at least keep them locked up or hidden. Also never leave valuables in the vehicle.
Haynes is hoping his surveillance video will help catch the crooks. They are described as two younger black males, in either their teens to late-20's in ages. One is about 5 feet and 4 inches tall, weighing 120 to 130 pounds. The second male is about 5 feet and 6 inches tall, weighing around 140 to 150 pounds. The third suspect is a younger black female around the same age, standing about 5 feet and 4 inches. She is described as 110 to 120 pounds.
Haynes is willing to give a cash reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrests. If anyone has information on who the suspects may be, call police at 719-444-7000, or remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.