San Marcos home break-in caught on video

Posted at 11:34 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 07:48:59-04

SAN MARCOS, CALIF. - Some San Marcos-area residents are asking for the public's help in finding a neighborhood thief.

As authorities investigate a brazen San Elijo Hills neighborhood break-in, residents shared home surveillance video exclusively with 10News. Residents have been holding onto the video throughout the investigation, but since there's been no arrest, they're hoping that making the footage public can help lead to a break in the case.

"It doesn't sit well with us," said concerned resident Robert.

Robert is hoping the public will pay attention to the footage and still images so they can help identify the burglar. He just wants to make his community and others around San Diego safer.

"It rocks your world," Robert said. "If it happened to my neighbor, it certainly could have happened to me."

In the video, the man wearing a bandana and gloves is seen breaking into the home. Robert said it looked like the thief was also wearing a bulletproof vest, in case he got caught.

The most shocking part of the surveillance is how comfortable the thief seems in the house after he gets in through the window. The homeowners said the man took off with all of the jewelry in the house and even stole a handmade guitar crafted by the musician who lives there.

"You're doing San Diego a favor if you report it to the police," Robert said.

The thief is described as a tall Caucasian with a shaved head, and neighbors believe he left in a white SUV.

Anyone who recognizes the man from the surveillance footage is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or the San Diego County Sheriff's non-emergency line at 858-565-5200.