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Video shows intruder stealing as family sleeps in South Park home

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 21:09:54-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - With young children fast asleep in their bedroom, surveillance video shows a burglar on the prowl at a home in South Park.

Just off 32nd Street, Billy McCowan woke up to a disturbing sight on Wednesday morning.

"Came over and saw the side door open to the garage," said McCowan.

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A look at the surveillance video revealed who had been on his property. Starting at about 8 p.m., a pickup truck pulls up and parks across from his home. At about 5 a.m., a man wrapped in a blanket emerges from the truck and walks through his front gate.

McCowan believes the burglar walked through the unlocked door to a detached garage - a converted office - and grabbed an iPhone. Video shows the man roaming the property. Next up was a detached hot tub room.

"We had a small TV in here," said McCowan.

In the video, the burglar is seen carrying that TV. Meanwhile, inside the home were McCowan's wife, and two children, ages 3 and 5. They were all asleep.

Forty-five minutes after the man first arrives, the intruder is seen peering into the children's bedroom. By this time, McCowan has woken up and he's making coffee in the kitchen. The man appears to see him and ducks down, before quietly getting into his truck and driving off. It was a fortunate twist.

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"I think he would have gone in the house, taking more stuff. Who knows what would have happened if he ran into my family," said McCowan.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.