Getting robbed can be a truly frightening experience. If someone breaks into your house late at night, that isn’t an experience you are likely to forget. However, not all robberies are particularly scary. Sometimes, burglars caught on camera reveal bizarre behavior that makes their thievery more perplexing than terrifying. Below, read about some burglars caught on camera stealing some very strange things.
7. Burglars Caught on Camera – A Quick Getaway
Burglars caught on camera often use windows as a point of entry to make their way into the homes of their unsuspecting victims. They are often unsecured, making it easy for the criminal to push it open and gain entry to the home. The burglar in this video, however, has a slightly different interest when it comes to the home’s windows.
In the video captured on the homeowner’s doorbell camera, we can see the casual burglar appear in the darkness of the home’s front yard. Without hesitation, the bold criminal approaches the front porch and walks right up to the door. There’s nothing particularly unusual about the burglar other than his extreme focus on his task and his complete lack of care for who might be watching.
This particular burglar seems to have a very particular need in mind. He walks onto the homeowner’s front porch and picks up a window frame with a pane of glass inside. He walks away carrying the large window, seemingly satisfied with his new acquisition.
The thief’s behavior suggests that he chose this home for his burgling because he knew that he would find exactly what he was looking for. One possibility is that the man is a neighbor who knew that these homeowners were doing renovations, and decided to take the opportunity to walk away with an expensive new window for his own home.
6. A Cold One
Stealing from your neighbors is hard work. After a long night of breaking and entering, burglars caught on camera sometimes just need to kick back with a nice cold drink to take the edge off and congratulate themselves on a job well done. At least, that seems to be the case for the bold burglar in this video.
The doorbell camera footage this homeowner captured begins when a white truck pulls up in front of the house. It’s late at night, so what could this driver be doing? We see a man get out of the truck and walk quickly across the front yard. When the man reaches the porch, he doesn’t waste any time trying the doors or windows to see if they are open. He doesn’t look around to make sure that no one is watching. He seems entirely confident in his dastardly mission.
Instead of casing the house to try and get inside, the burglar in the video heads straight for the cooler sitting outside of the front door. He reaches inside and pulls out a 4-pack of beer. The man quickly turns and walks back to his truck holding his illicitly acquired libations.
Is this thief a neighbor who knows that this his neighbor makes a habit of keeping ice-cold refreshments in a cooler overnight? Or was this simply a crime of opportunity? Either way, this petty theft is certainly a bold and bizarre act of thievery. Perhaps the man should have simply asked his neighbor to be invited over for a drink instead of getting caught on camera stealing the brews.
5. Burglars Caught on Camera – You’re Welcome?
Burglars caught on camera rarely carry out their crimes in the light of day. The dark of the night is much safer for their sneaky and daring acts of thievery. However, the woman in this video is either very bold or very stupid, as she carried out her criminal activity in the harsh light of day when anyone could be watching.
The woman appears to be taking her dog for a walk when she suddenly decides to walk away with something that doesn’t belong to her. The Ring doorbell camera footage picks her up as she’s walking by the front of the house with her dog. However, she decides to make a stop before carrying on with the walk.
It seems that the home’s welcome mat catches her eye. Holding the dog’s leash in one hand, she leans down and picks up the welcome mat from the front porch and boldly walks away with her prize in hand.
Perhaps this thief is in the midst of their own home renovation project and needs a new welcome mat, and decides to take this opportunity to grab some goods from an unsuspecting neighbor. The mat does say welcome, but it is doubtful the homeowners meant that neighbors are welcome to steal whatever catches their eye.
4. Pull Up a Chair. Or Four.
Buying furniture for your home can be expensive, especially if you want to decorate an outdoor space. One way to cut costs is to simply liberate some tables and chairs from your unsuspecting neighbors. If they leave it on their balcony, that means it’s free for the taking, right? The man in this video seems to think so.
In this footage, we see a man standing on a balcony late one night. The balcony seems to be facing some sort of alley. Just under the balcony, there is a large vehicle that he may have climbed on to gain access to the balcony. It is likely this vehicle that will enable his getaway.
The man seems to have his eye on the homeowner’s outdoor furniture. He moves around the balcony, stacking up the four lawn chairs and a small table in preparation to make off with the furniture. He begins piling the stolen goods on top of what appears to be a covered grill. The video ends before we can see if he decides to take the grill along with him. Either way, his decision to steal a set of outdoor furniture is certainly unusual.
3. Burglars Caught on Camera – A Black Thumb
Porch decor seems to be a popular target for burglars caught on camera. Things left outside are easy to steal, so thieves usually have no problem making off with these poorly guarded items when no one is watching. While many thieves target large-ticket items such as furniture, some, like the woman in this video, are more interested in their neighbor’s whimsical decorating touches.
The burglar in this video seems to have her eye on the plants and floral decorations adorning this stylish front porch. In the corner between the porch’s two doorways hangs a large red flower decoration. The burglar is likely a friend or neighbor, as it is unlikely that this bit of decor could be seen from the street. The woman stops to admire the decoration for a moment before slowly taking it off the wall. She glances over her shoulder toward the front door, as if nervous that the homeowner will walk out and catch her in the middle of her thievery. She walks casually back to her waiting car and drives away with her meager prize.
2. A Carpet Ride
If you are stylish in your decorating touches, you might be wise to limit yourself to the inside of your home. A jealous neighbor or passer-by may just decide to steal your style for themselves.
This video appears to take place outside of an apartment building. There is a small patio just inside an unsecured fence with a few parking spaces on the other side. The thief in the video doesn’t get too close with his getaway vehicle, however. The man walks across the parking lot from an unknown location before easily walking around the fence and going straight for his target: a large outdoor rug.
The man quickly folds the rug, not taking time to roll it properly, and easily walks away with his ill-gotten prize tucked under his arm. The burglar caught on camera is carrying a backpack and something in his other hand while making off with the rug, so perhaps the theft of this rug was just one more stop in a long night of thievery. Regardless, the burglar seems focused in his crime, so he is likely a neighbor who spotted the rug before and returned at night to walk away with a new piece of decor.
1. Burglars Caught on Camera – Skiing Away
Not all acts of thievery are as petty as many of the crimes on this list. Some burglars caught on camera make away with a big-ticket item that the homeowner will be sure to miss.
The burglars in this video clearly have their eye on a bigger prize, as five masked thieves are involved in the late-night heist. This is not a case of a lone neighbor taking advantage of a situation to walk away with a bit of outdoor furniture.
The thieves in the video have set their sights on a large jet-ski. The burglars apparently decided that the quickest way to make off with their target item would be to unhitch the wheeled dolly holding the jet-ski from the owner’s vehicle and simply wheel the item away. With such a large object, it takes several burglars to wheel the jet-ski across the driveway and load it into a waiting truck.
The thieves are quite brazen despite their masks, not worrying about keeping themselves quiet as they load the stolen item onto the truck. The video ends before they make their getaway, but with all the noise, it is surprising that they manage to make off with such a large item without getting caught.