Baton Rouge homeowner catches thieves on camera

Baton Rouge homeowner catches thieves on camera
(Source: Dudly Grattis)
(Source: Dudly Grattis)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge homeowner woke up on Sunday to find alarming video on his home surveillance system. It shows thieves going through his and his neighbors' vehicles in the middle of the night.

Dudly Grattis has several minutes of the footage saved on his computer. Video from multiple angles picked up three people going door to door on Floyd Drive in Stanford Place subdivision on Sunday morning at 3 a.m.

"It's just really scary and disturbing because when we moved into this neighborhood we didn't think when we were sleeping at night this sort of thing would be going on," Grattis said.

The video shows three suspects in the distance in one of his neighbor's yards across the street. They move quickly, from one vehicle the next, pulling on door handles. Grattis' cameras show them going through at least four unlocked cars. One of them was his truck.

"Here they come right here. See, it's almost as if he sees we have a camera right there. He kind of turns his back," Grattis said.

The suspect's two accomplices are right behind him. One appears to leave for a moment to go check something out before returning to rummage through the back seat of the truck. Grattis admitted he left his doors unlocked. The thieves, he said, got away with his iPhone 6+.

"I was just exhausted and I went right down, and I got hit when that happened," Grattis said.

The burglars did not stop there. One of them went up the second driveway to the back of the house. Grattis said the suspect did not wake the three German Shepherds sleeping in a room nearby, but a motion detection light caught his attention. He appears startled, but returns seconds later. This time with a bandana covering his face.

"He's got a gun in his right hand, you can see, and he's heading towards my wife's vehicle," Grattis said.

He spends less than a minute inside before running off. It is the last thing Grattis' cameras pick up.

Grattis and his neighbors hope someone will recognize the suspects before they strike again.

If you can help police identify any of the suspects, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867. You will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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