Central thieves caught on camera stealing bicycles from home
POSTED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 4:04am
Central, LA (NBC33) — Police are searching for a couple of thieves who burglarized a Central neighborhood Wednesday morning.
They have help, thanks to a resident's security camera that captured the criminals' brazen act.
Three men stole from a couple families in the Huntley Place subdivision, south of the intersection of Sullivan Road and Hooper Road. Included in their haul were a pair of bicycles belonging to the Flurry family.
"My daughter was upset," Brian Flurry said Thursday. "She kept talking about the bad guys that took her bike."
Cameras on the Flurrys' property filmed the three men case the neighborhood over a period of nine minutes. They can be seen walking up to a car parked on the street, checking to see if it was unlocked. They walked down the road, then came back to steal the Flurrys' bicycles.
"It amazes me that they just walked right down the middle of the street," Flurry stated. "They walked right up my driveway, walked right up underneath my carport, with basically not a care in the world."
The men walked right in front of one camera to get to the bicycles. One of the men could be seen looking to the roof line, as if he were checking for security equipment. One man's face was obscured by a hooded sweatshirt; one wore a bandana over his nose and mouth; and the other wore a floppy hat, with his face visible to the camera.
They each took a bicycle and rode off, down the driveway, and then into the street. They seemingly had no fear of the quiet neighborhood.
"That was one of the reasons we bought a house back here," Flurry mentioned.
One of the men fell of the bike he had just stolen as he attempted to leave the driveway. He ditched it in the lawn and ran to catch up to his accomplices. That is what first led the Flurrys to assume something was wrong.
"Wife was leaving for work, and she came back in," Brian Flurry recalled. "She noticed my son's bike was down at the end of the driveway. And they never leave their bikes out, they always leave them up by the house."
He quickly turned on the monitor to watch the security footage and discover the thieves. He posted a clip of the video to the neighborhood association's Facebook page, and it went viral in a matter of moments.
"I appreciate it," he said. "I mean, it makes me feel good that other people want to try to catch these guys just as much as we do."
The quiet, compassionate neighborhood is great for the Flurry family, but it was also great for the thieves.
"What worries me is they gonna do that one night and they're gonna walk up on the wrong person at the wrong house at the wrong time," Brian Flurry said.
He added that he has already taken steps to increase the security at his house. While bicycles can be replaced, but protecting his wife and children is an even greater concern.
"We've done a couple things, to where I know nobody's going to get to my carport again," he said. "We do have a dog. I guess he was on break or something, I don't know."
Two of his neighbors were also robbed. Flurry said the three men found cars that were unlocked and stole cash, iPods, and other small items.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the case.