Thief on the prowl as Escondido family carves Halloween pumpkins

Posted at 7:00 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 22:00:42-04

While an Escondido family was inside their home carving pumpkins, a thief was feet away ready to strike.

At about 1 a.m. last Friday, Adelia Carrillo, her 13-year-old niece and several other family members were digging into some spooky fun at a home on Austin Way.

"She should have been in bed, but we were all in the kitchen carving," said Carrillo of her niece.

A neighbor's surveillance video shows a car pulling into the neighborhood. A few minutes later, grainy video shows a thief -- possibly two -- near a family member's Honda Civic.

Carrillo said the thief jimmied a locked door before ransacking it. Nothing was taken, except Carrillo's peace of mind.

"It's creepy. They had the confidence to do this while we were all home; the home was lit. What if my niece went outside? What if one of us went outside? What would we have done?" said Carrillo.

It's hard to see in the video, but the same thief was also recorded pulling car door handles.

On Facebook, other neighbors have complained of a string of recent car break-ins. In many cases, car registrations were stolen.

"Noticing this is happening a lot. What's going on? Why is this happening so easily now?" said Carrillo.

Carrillo said they plan to beef up security, including installing a new camera system.