Austin man's carport camera catches home burglars


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist DEREK RASOR

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 6:46 PM

AUSTIN -- A video recently posted to YouTube has the attention of Austin Police burglary detectives.

Steve Blackburn installed a $250 camera in his carport. He never expected to see kids walking onto his property.

"It's disturbing. I didn't think I was going to catch criminals coming in the back of my house. It was really just to make sure there was no damage to my cars," said Blackburn.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday March 14th, three young boys slowly approached the back carport. One of the boys appears to be in elementary school.

The video shows the three young men walking up to Blackburn's home. You hear a crash on the video and some yelling. You see the boys leave in a hurry. The youngest one appears to be carrying a laptop bag. The three jump into a white get away vehicle and speed off.

"The sense is there is a lot of crime in this neighborhood," said Blackburn. 

Since January Austin police have responded to three burglaries on Larkspur Drive.

"I want my neighbors to know they need to get a dog, security system, just be vigilant," said Blackburn.

Blackburn says the thieves got away with computers and other electronics.

Blackburn says he wants to warn the neighbors and wishes someone would recognizes the faces in the video in hopes that the break-ins will stop. If you have any information, call Austin police.

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