Crime Stoppers: Tacoa Avenue home burglar caught on camera
Technology is a wonderful thing and the availability of inexpensive cameras for home security may lead you to Crime Stoppers reward cash. Also, our suspect's arrest could save the next homeowner the headache of this guy breaking in.
This week we get a good look at a guy police believe may have hit the same house, twice. It was earlier this month when the Tacoa Avenue home was first burglarized. Days later, in the wee hours of the morning, he struck again. On this occasion, there was a difference that could work in your favor. "He didn't know that she had the camera," explained Chattanooga Police Officer Victor Miller. "He knew that she wasn't there."
It may not seem smart, if you were the criminal, to go back to a place you had already checked off your list of rotten deeds. "We're not 100% sure that this is the same burglar that came," said Off. Miller, "but, more than likely, he came one time and got a few things and saw some other items he wanted to come back to get. So, he came back a second time thinking she wasn't going to be there and no one would know he was there."
In those few days, though, the homeowner had taken very important steps to avoid being victimized again, or at the very least, to get a look at the bad guy. "This video is even taking at night so it has infrared camera capability," Miller added. "She got an alert on her phone that told her that he was inside the home. She called police. By the time we got there he was already gone. He recognized that there was a camera. He saw it up in the corner and he ducks and dodges and tries to get out of the camera view."
His fresh moves were in vain. "You can still make out who he is even though it's nighttime. You can see him with his flashlight, walking around. He has a receding hairline so all of those details are very clear in the video," said Miller. "You will be able to recognize him when you see him. He might even be a family member. So, we're asking, even if you are a family member, call in. I will never ask for your name. All we need is his name. We already have the video of what he's done."
End this man's crime spree, take the first step in setting him back on the right path in life. Earn up to $1,000 Crime Stoppers cash and make the neighborhood a safer place. "We see that burglars often will continue the same crimes over and over until they're caught," Off. Miller said. "So, he may very well be out there doing the same crimes until we bring him to justice."
If you recognize him, call Crime Stoppers: 423-698-3333
If you get voicemail, leave a way for Off. Miller to get back with you. He may have questions, but he will never ask who you are.