CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Incredible video of burglar captured by apartment camera

Incredible video of burglar captured by apartment camera

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A burglar in Baton Rouge was caught up close and personal on video while in the act at an apartment complex.

The incredible shots, which were captured Monday afternoon from inside an apartment at Brightside Commons near Burbank Drive, even impressed police at how good they were.

The victim is not happy that his stuff was taken, but was relieved his camera, which was in the perfect spot to capture the crime, turned out to be a great investment.

The suspect got away with a 65-inch television and several other possessions. The burglar was talking on the phone during the entire incident, and police said he may be talking to an accomplice outside looking out for anyone who may interrupt the crime.

Donald, the man that lives at the apartment, was alerted on his phone by motion sensors. He said the burglar came in through a back window, and then broke the locks on the front door. Donald was only 10 minutes away and raced to his apartment, arriving before the police, but the men were gone.

"It was probably well conceived, because it didn't take very long. From the moment that I became aware that he was in my apartment until the moment the police entered my apartment, only twenty minutes passed," Donald said.

However, the burglar overlooked one thing. A camera was sitting on the kitchen counter right next to the TV. It captured the entire theft and got a good look at the suspect's face.

Sgt. Don Coppola with the Baton Rouge Police Department said it's one of the best home surveillance videos he's ever seen.

"This video in this case is outstanding. It's clear, you can really see the suspect good."

Donald said the burglar may have missed the camera because it doesn't really stands out and looks like a speaker for the 65-inch television.

"I think it did its job. It did what it's supposed to do. I'm really glad to have it," Donald said.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. They're also looking for a gold Nissan Ultima that was used as a getaway vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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