Homeowner asks public for help identifying thieves in home security video
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
A Chattanooga man is trying to crack down on crime in his neighborhood. Thieves have hit his home several times this year, and now he's asking the community for help.
The theft might seem small in comparison to some of the other crimes that go on in the city, but Bill Reynolds is asking for the public's help identifying two men stealing in his surveillance video -- so they won't strike at a neighbor's house or at his house again.
"For me, it's more about the principle of someone trespassing and taking something that's not theirs," Reynolds said.
But that's what two guys did on Reynolds' property during broad daylight -- walked up in his yard in the middle of the day to steal, of all things, a barrel.
Reynolds has been in Chattanooga's Glenwood neighborhood for a couple years now, and it's not the first time thieves have struck.
"There have been a couple issues of theft in the neighborhood," he said.
Several months ago, someone stole nearly $2,000 worth of brand new windows from the home, and even tried getting away with a trailer parked in the yard.
He set up security cameras. The most recent thieves were caught on tape.
"I came home and noticed my barrel missing, checked my video footage, and saw the video of the SUV pulling up," Reynolds said. He hopes someone recognizes this gray SUV and maybe the two guys in the video.
One of them walks right up in the front yard like it's nothing, snatches the barrel and drives off.
"Seems like they had driven by before, had seen it, and decided they were gonna come back to get it," he said.
Although Reynolds would like to get his burn barrel back, he said it's not so much about the barrel itself. It's about someone violating his sense of security at his own home.
He hopes someone knows who did this and will call police, so nothing worse happens to anyone else around there.
"I would just like to identify the guys, just to slow down some of the theft in the area. There are consequences to even small thefts like this," he said.
If you have any information about the men in the video, call Chattanooga Police.
Monday, August 21 2017 4:21 AM EDT2017-08-21 08:21:48 GMT
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