Caught on camera: Burglars at work inside Denver home

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DENVER -- The Denver Police Department hopes surveillance video does in a couple of thieves who stole thousands of dollars of items from a family.

The homeowner in the 1900 block of South Lafayette Street didn't want to go on camera, but the crime was captured by his surveillance cameras.

It started with the ring of a doorbell at 1 p.m. March  28. Then another. And a knock.

The rings and knocks became incessant.

"This is a common MO to knock on the door to determine if anyone is home," said Doug Schepman with Denver police.

For two minutes, they knocked and rang the doorbell before making their way to the backyard. In the video, one burglar is seen peeking through the French door windows.

Seconds later, the back door is broken wide open and they enter.

One thief wore a Broncos sweatshirt and ball cap. The other wore a bright blue Atlantic Moving Co. shirt. One minute later, one thief made a phone call.

"We're in. We're in," he told an accomplice on the other end.

That signaled their getaway car to pull into the family's garage where they could load their stolen treasures.

"That is something they do to mask their behavior. They hid what they were doing,” Schepman said.

"Brett. Brett,” one suspect said.

“What?” said the other.

“You good?” he asked.

“Yah,” he answered.

“Hurry up," said the other.

One suspect hurried the other along.

"Brett. Let's go. Let's go," he said.

The two got ready to leave, but they had one more TV to take. They think they're in the clear when one crook noticed a camera watching and recording them. They recognized the presence of a second camera, too.

But it was too late. Their images uploaded to the Cloud, which could rain on their life of crime.

"The images are pretty clear. Hopefully, the community recognizes who these guys are and lets us know," Schepman said.

If you recognize them, call Denver police or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Officers said the best deterrent to burglars is to alert neighbors. If you see a stranger loitering around a neighbor’s home, call police.

But there's also a gadget called Ring. When someone rings the doorbell, you can see them on your phone -- and talk to them -- even if you're not home.

 

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