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Immokalee burglars wave at surveillance camera

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 07:59:17-04

A pair of Immokalee men were arrested after burglarizing a home in the middle of the day.

One of the suspects is seen waving at the home's surveillance camera as they approach the house.  The family was not home at the time of the incident Tuesday.

He then tries to adjust the camera, mounted to the roof, with a mop handle.  

"The individual walked right up to the camera and moved the camera with his hands, but they don't realize the portion of the video where they approached the house is already recorded, said retired police officer Walter Zalisko.

Paul Avalos and Cirildo Soliz were arrested a short time later.  Deputies say they made off with rims, lawn equipment and an air compressor.

Zalisko says without surveillance video and arrest may have never been made, he says most decent camera systems range from 300 to 3,000 dollars.

"And the type of system you want to get is a 1080p, high resolution camera, you don't want to go anything lower than that, especially at night time, because you won't get a clear picture."

However, a home surveillance camera investment could backfire if you are using a Wi-Fi based system.

"I worry about hacking, because if they can hack into your internet, they can hack into your camera."

Avalos and Soliz are in the Collier County Jail, according to police records, both suspects are convicted felons.