Homeowner catches crooks on surveillance camera

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man is doing some police work to try and nab a couple of alleged crooks.

Edgar Wolf caught them on camera and reported it to Baton Rouge Police three weeks ago. But he said, so far, he has not heard anything.

The Park Forest subdivsion is well-established. Most of the people who live there know their neighbors. But homeowner Edgar Wolf said, recently they have been visited by a few strangers. He wasn't home but his trusty home surveillance system provided a second set of eyes. Wolf said when he returned from a shopping trip two days before Christmas, he noticed a few things missing from his yard. When he reviewed his camera, he said, he could hardly believe his eyes.

"I was shocked that people would just drive up in my driveway. They came in the neighborhood, circled the house one time, they circled twice and then they backed up like they own the place," Wolf said.

According to the camera, after spending just three minutes under Wolf's carport, the man and woman duo loaded a Chevrolet truck and drove away with Wolf's air compressor and hose, his generator, and a welding machine.

"If I had drove up on them there's no telling what would have happened because I'm like any other American person. We try to protect what belongs to us. Some people don't have that kind of respect."

Wolf's camera didn't pick up a clear picture of the license plate on the truck. But it did give him a few good shots of the two suspects.  

He said he has installed a new gate to deter crooks. But he is hoping the public can help him catch the two thieves before they strike again.

A spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department, Don Coppola, said an investigator will follow up with Wolf on Wednesday morning.
If you recognized either of the people in the surveillance video, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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