San Diego neighbors band together after theft, posting of surveillance video

Posted at 6:14 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 21:20:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Video of a mystery car prowler is helping bring neighbors in Allied Gardens together.

Along Estrella Avenue early Friday morning, Thomas Arevalo found his 2010 Honda Accord missing from the street in front of his home. Inside the trunk were hundreds of dollars worth of equipment belonging to the Rock Church baseball ministry.

When one neighbor learned of the theft, he searched through his surveillance video and saw something suspicious. Just before 5 a.m., just feet away from where that car was parked, was a man wearing a hat and holding a skateboard, going from vehicle to vehicle to vehicle.

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"Just brazen with not a care in the world. Just looking through cars with a flashlight ... shopping for whatever he wants out of someone's car," said Arevalo.

Investigators are taking a close look at the video and so is the rest of the neighborhood after it was posted on the Nextdoor app.

"Our neighborhood is coming together," said Arevalo.

There have been dozens of responses to the post. Neighbors have vowed to take a stand.

"We've all kind of got our eyes open, observing a little bit more," said Arevalo.