RANCH TRIANGLE — A "brazen" burglar was caught on surveillance video as he made off with a $1,000 bike in a garage theft Sunday morning in the 1700 block of North Fremont Street.
The victim, who asked not to be identified, said he had installed video cameras around his home after a burglar entered the home of the family of five about three months ago.
"It's part of living in the city," he said Monday.
Sunday's garage burglary took place about 5 a.m. According to the victim describing the videos, an African-American man in a red shirt, gray pants and blue cap was walking down the street when he climbed the side of the victim's home and scaled a 10-foot fence to get into the backyard.
The man "pushed his way through the garage door," the victim said, setting off an alarm in the house. The victim immediately called 911 while monitoring the man on video. The man quickly made off with a $1,000 Fuji mountain bike belonging to one of the three children in the family, leaving via the garage door and down the alley.
The victim reported police "were there momentarily," but the burglar was able to ride off on the bike.
Police praised the quality of the video images of the thief, but said, "He couldn't have cared less about all these cameras" installed around the house and garage, the victim said.
The victim said he'd installed the cameras after the home break-in three months ago "thinking it will deter an individual, but obviously it didn't deter this individual. He was pretty brazen."
Police reported Monday that there were no updates, and detectives still are investigating.