Home Cameras Catch Crimes in Progress

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One southern Colorado family is watching for a crook who keeps striking in their neighborhood. They've even seen him steal from their car. What the crook didn't know was he was on camera the whole time.

At the bottom of a television screen, a crime can be seen in progress. It looks like a man rifling through a car in the driveway of a home on the south east side of Colorado Springs.

“He stole an iPod Touch," said Larami Martinez.

The iPod belonged to Martinez's wife. Their home surveillance video system shows four views of their house, and caught the theft in progress. It also shows the crook on the same night walking directly next door to look for another victim. The crimes are happening off Chelton Road, south of Fountain Boulevard.

"They're violated,” Martinez said of his neighbors who’ve been targeted. “They just feel violated."

Vic Sauget told 11 News he gets up to 500 inquiries about surveillance systems in a single day to PalmVid, the store he operates.

Set-ups start for about $100 and can be linked into something as basic as a VCR.

"People are just tired of being victims, that's what it comes down to," said Sauget.

Higher dollar systems may take the better pictures, but those who've invested in a camera system say getting one good look at a crook can be a clear pay-off.

"If a business or home owner can provide police with good, court admissible video evidence, that makes their whole job easier," Sauget said.

Martinez said it looks like the person who's behind the break-ins has tattoos on their arms and may be casing the neighborhood late at night. Police have not yet been able to determine definitive suspect from his video. Martinez plans to keep his cameras trained on the street and his eyes peeled.

Anyone with information should call police.

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