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Car burglar caught on camera in San Carlos Park

Posted at 6:47 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 06:35:20-04

At least one suspect in a series of car break-ins in a San Carlos Park neighborhood is still at large, but one of the suspects was caught on camera, thanks to home surveillance video.

Cars parked at nine homes on four streets were targeted early Tuesday before sunrise, including Dumont Drive, Albany Drive, Barbara Drive and Ellie Drive. Victims reported various items missing, such as wallets containing credit cards and power tools.

The surveillance video was captured at a home on Ellie Drive, showing a suspect rooting through one vehicle parked in the driveway, then entering another car parked next to it. The male suspect is appears to spend about 45 seconds searching the front seating area of the car with a flashlight, before carefully closing the door and leaving.

The suspect can also be seen walking down the street in the video, followed a minute later by two more people. However, it's unclear if those two have any connection to the crimes.

Reports from the Lee County Sheriff's Office indicate that there were no signs of forced entry in any of the burglaries. Terry South, a resident on Dumont Drive, thinks the thief - or thieves - were simply checking to see which vehicles were left unlocked.

"Anything that was open," South said. "I bet they checked mine, but it was locked. I've got a bg stereo in there."

Mackenzie Davis, another Dumont Drive resident, said that she and her roommates will be double-checking their security.

"At least locking our car doors, and locking the deadbolt on our house," Davis said.

So far, there have been no reports of any arrests in the crimes.