Fremont Police have released surveillance video of a home burglary in-progress in hopes of catching the thief captured on the video.
The home not far from Washington High School is located on the 4100 block of Eggers Drive and was burglarized on Saturday, November 30 around 12:30pm.
The thief with a ponytail, wearing a gray shirt and pants along with tennis shoes is seen from one surveillance camera crawling into the home in the middle of the day.
“We were pretty much surprised at a daytime robbery,” said neighbor Sreenu Doppa.
Another surveillance camera shows the burglar walk into another room and start rifling through the family’s belongings.
Police say the man stole a computer printer, men’s clothing and two cameras from boxes in the garage.
Police estimate the value of what was stolen to be $2,000 but neighbors say the burglar also unknowingly got away with priceless photos of a deceased relative.
Doppa says a man lives at the house with his wife and child but they are currently living elsewhere while the home is undergoing construction to rid the home of asbestos.
He says the homeowner’s father passed away this last summer.
“And the pictures in the camera were more important to him,” said Doppa. “It’s his memories about his dad. He was not worried about the camera itself but it had some of the pictures he did not download into his computer.”
Police released the detailed surveillance videos today hoping that someone will recognize the man.
“We know we have a really good chance of identifying the suspect,” said Fremont Police Department’s Public Information Officer Geneva Bosques. But she says investigators say they need the public’s help.
Neighbor Raylene Crider hadn’t heard about the burglary until her daughter saw the surveillance video posted on Facebook Wednesday evening.
Crider added her brother’s house in Fremont was also recently targeted by thieves.
“They actually just broke the whole front door.” Crider said. “[They] kicked the front door right in the middle of the day and stole a whole bunch of electronics and things like that.”
Fremont Police say social media can be a crucial tool to catching suspects, adding they received a tip from the public Wednesday afternoon identifying a man seen in surveillance photos they released November 27 from a separate home burglary on Addison Court.