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Thieves steal remotes, raid garages while residents sleep

Thieves steal remotes, raid garages while residents sleep
Posted at 5:40 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 20:48:53-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A burglary victim is hoping doorbell camera video will help track down some thieves who hunt down garage remotes before raiding the garage.

Ring video shows a man on his stomach, around 2 a.m. Saturday, in Curtis Both's driveway off Morena Boulevard. In his hand is Both's garage door opener.

"My car was ransacked. The remote was in the center console," said Both.

The man in the video likely pushed the button for the garage, just slightly.

"He wanted to peer in to see what was there," said Both.

Moments later, the garage door is heard opening. The man then walks in, before eventually leaving. About two hours later, that man is back with a friend. A camera mounted inside the garage shows them collecting items from the garage.

"Horrible. A complete violation," said Both.

Airsoft gear, ski equipment, power tools, a pricey road bike were among the items that would vanish.

A week earlier, about a mile away, a man with a similar backpack and high socks was recorded putting down the backpack and getting on his knees to shine a flashlight at a garage door. Soon after, he's seen heading across the street. That light inside Matt Friend's SUV comes on. Tucked in the door panel is the garage remote. Eventually, Friend's garage door open is seen opening.

"We were sleeping inside, with two sons in the other room, two- and three-year-old boys and my wife is pregnant so it's disheartening to think somebody is on our premise without us knowing," said Friend.

The thief would get away with several items, including friend's $9,000 Intense mountain bike.

"Some of the violation feels like they're just coming to our neighborhood and treating it like a department store, and they have no fear," said Both.

Both victims say they almost always lock their car doors and aren't sure how the thief broke into their vehicles.