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Attempted car break in caught on camera in Cape Coral

Posted at 10:44 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 22:44:34-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A woman posted surveillance video of a man who tried to break into her truck Monday night.

She also shared the video with the Cape Coral Police Department. She told the department that a similar incident happened back at her condominium in April.

Corporal Phil Mullen from Cape Coral PD watched the surveillance video. Mullen said that crooks target cars and trucks at night with the hopes of finding an unlocked car.

"It is a low risk and high reward thing. If they find an unlocked car with valuables in there, it's an easy crime for them," Mullen said.

The man in the surveillance video attempted several times to open the door with the handle. He then walked away when he found that it was locked.

"When people see these videos of burglars doing what we always said they do, it is very effective," Mullen said.

People who live inside the condo said they remember a similar thing that happened in April. Susan Gallic said she has kept her car locked.

"There's nothing valuable in the car anyway," Gallic said. "Just in case they felt the urge to break in," she added.

Mullen hopes everyone in the Cape looks at the video as an example. He wants everyone to help themselves and not become an easy target for people like this.

"You are doing so much to deter these guys when you lock your car," Mullen said. "They just walk away and move on to the next one," he added.

The owner of the truck told 4 In Your Corner that detectives were able to pull prints off of the handle.