Surveillance camera captures thief swiping teen's surfboard

Posted at 6:57 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 21:57:10-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. - A teen is making an appeal for tips in hoping of getting back a surfboard swiped from his backyard.

In late July, as a Carlsbad family slept, a surveillance camera captured an intruder in the yard right after hopping a 5-foot fence.

"Pretty quickly executed plan; hop over the fence and straight to the surfboard area," said Devin Wolfe, the owner of the surfboard.

In the video, the burglar in board shorts looks around for a second, but quickly zeroes in on the $500 surfboard.

He grabs it and takes off -- all in about a minute.

Wolfe's heart sank when he tried to go surfing and discovered his surfboard was gone.

The teen spent a year working various jobs to save for the Hynson surfboard.

"I was mad. I felt like I had to do so much to get that board, and all he had to do was pick it up and walk away with it," said Wolfe.

The thief also walked away with a piece of Wolfe's heart. The surfboard is the same model that belonged to his old surf instructor.

"He taught me how to surf and he had that board. He would let me ride and I wanted to have the same board to ride," said Wolfe.

Wolfe rode the surfboard for six months, improving rapidly. He was eyeing his first competitions, but now those hopes are quickly sinking.

"No surfing. I'm basically swimming," said Wolfe.

Wolfe is now asking for help in retrieving his surfboard.

"It sucks. It's like taking away an artist's pencils. It's like what? Why?" said Wolfe.

The burglary took place on Columbine Drive and the surfboard stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Carlsbad police.