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Burglar caught on game camera


Tyler Police need your help in finding who's responsible for more than 25 auto burglaries in a two-night period.

The late night auto burglary's that occurred earlier this week (Feb. 14 and 16) are making residents feel uneasy.

"If you need money get a job, go to work, like the rest of us do, stealing is not a way to make a living," says one resident.  

Twenty-five auto burglaries in two nights, hitting at least 16 homes off of 13 different streets.

"Numerous things were taken from laptops, to purses, to iPhones, to iTouches to iPads, car stereos," says Don Martin, Tyler Police Department.

With construction going on in their back yard, and a previous theft problem a week before, one family in the neighborhood decided to call their Home Owners Association for help.

"He called and requested that we put a camera up over there, so he got the camera, read the instructions, and the rest is history thank goodness," says Idlewilde HOA President, Mark Lankford.

By having the wild game camera hidden in a secret spot, Tyler Police now have a little more to work with.

"It's just great, we just got real fortunate and lucky, hopefully the Tyler PD can do something with the data we provided them," says Lankford.  

One woman, who was a victim of previous robberies says cameras and alarms are the way to go, "On Valentine's night that's what scared away the would-be robber from my sons truck; when you touch the truck it chirps, that the alarm is about to go off."

She has even learned to put an alarm on her garage, in case if they get the clicker in the car,"I feel like I'm living in Fort Knox, you know just to stay safe," says the woman.  

Crimestoppers will pay up to a thousand dollars for any information that can lead to an arrest.

Tyler Police say at this point they are not sure how many suspects were involved in the burglaries.

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