Homeowner hopes YouTube video will help catch burglary suspects

Homeowner hopes YouTube video will help catch burglary suspects

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The burglars load the curbside TV into their SUV. (Source: YouTube) The burglars load the curbside TV into their SUV. (Source: YouTube)
One of the burglars heads towards the home. (Source: YouTube) One of the burglars heads towards the home. (Source: YouTube)
The other two burglars follow him. (Source: YouTube) The other two burglars follow him. (Source: YouTube)
"I might not get my things back, they're probably already sold, but I'm confident that they will get caught," the victim said. "I might not get my things back, they're probably already sold, but I'm confident that they will get caught," the victim said.
The owner of Watchdog Security in Turkey Creek said sales for home surveillance systems have tripled in recent years. The owner of Watchdog Security in Turkey Creek said sales for home surveillance systems have tripled in recent years.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A homeowner in West Knoxville is turning to YouTube to catch three men who burglarized his home.

The burglary took place on Monday around midday at a home in the Rocky Hill area.

The victim said he put an ad on Craigslist that he was leaving a TV and some books by curb, something he's done dozens of times.

But never before has he had those people enter his home and steal his belongings.

"This is the location where I had the box of books and the TV," the victim said, pointing to the curb outside his home. He asked that 6 News not use his name for this story.

In the surveillance video, you can see three men drive up and rummage through the items on the curb. But they don't stop there.

"They figured that wasn't enough, so they went down to the house, stole a Craftsman leaf blower and then after that, they knocked on the front door," he said.

In the video, you can hear them knock and then ask if anyone is home. With the coast clear they went inside. You can hear them rummaging around in the house and then see them make several trips to the car, taking a ladder and bags of tools.

The victim estimates they stole around $1,000 worth of items.

"I might not get my things back, they're probably already sold, but I'm confident that they will get caught," he said.

The owner of Watchdog Security in Turkey Creek said sales for home surveillance systems have tripled in recent years.

"It's security. They feel safer. You can see cameras when you're away from home," said Gary Glarner, the owner of Watchdog.

He says most people get the systems after an incident.

For the victim in Rocky Hill, he's thankful he had one.

The video on YouTube has received nearly 7,000 views. He says he respects the police investigation, but believes putting it out for the public can only help.

"More people are seeing it, and you can't ditch a person. You can ditch a vehicle, but you can't a person. Based on the looks of the people in the video, the more people that see it the better chance they will get caught," he explained.

The victim is offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of these suspects.

The Knoxville Police Department did not want to comment on the investigation.

If you recognize the suspects or their vehicle, you are asked to call KPD at (865) 215-7212.

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