By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - You may think having surveillance at your business will protect your hard work, but think again.
Police said crooks are stealing security cameras around the metro.
The owner of Heartland Glass, Inc. said the crook climbed on a planter right outside the front door, reached up and cut the wires on the camera and took off. What he didn't realize? He was caught on camera.
Omaha police are looking for the man in these photos. He's clearly not camera shy as he put his face out there for everyone to see before stealing two security cameras.
"With a flashlight in his mouth. I thought that was funny. I asked a bunch of buddies if they recognized him and we put him on Facebook but nobody's ever, they don't know who he is really," owner Dana Delezene said.
Police investigators have also put his face out on social media but have had no luck identifying him. "If I would've caught him he might have been in trouble but that's alright."
The question on Delezene's mind is how did the crook reach the other surveillance camera? It's about 12 feet off the ground, there's no planter to stand on, and there wasn't a vehicle seen in the video. However, in a separate theft, only the car was shown. Police wonder if the two cases might be related.
"Other cars have been vandalized, windows are breaking, somebody broke into a car over here at the church and somebody broke one at the roller derby the same week. I'm thinking it's probably the same guy," Delezene said.
Investigators said the surveillance cameras at The Austin apartments were also stolen. Police are looking for the man driving the car in the photo.
Delezene said what really bothers him, is that he just recently installed the cameras. "I wouldn't even press charges on him; just don't steal stuff from me."
He worries the crook may target another business, he encourages anyone with information to come forward.
If you know who this man is or recognize the car, police urge you to call Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP.
You will remain anonymous and you could get a cash reward.
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