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Camera catches car thief in action


A woman's car is broken into in the middle of the night, and it's all caught on camera.

The video shows a man in a baseball cap checking out the area near 44th Street and McDowell in Phoenix. No one is there. Seconds later he gets into a Nissan SUV, and spends around seven minutes going through it before taking what he wants.

When the car owner Christine Duffy came out the next morning to go to work, she was taken aback.

"I thought I was having a senior moment because my car was such a mess. It was so awful. I'm thinking, I didn't leave it like this," said Duffy.

Duffy immediately went back inside and replayed footage taken from surveillance cameras she installed in her carport. The cameras captured the thieve's every move.

"He leaned over and got into the glove compartment, and then you see him open up the center console and just started pulling everything out and inspecting everything that he touched. He took all my store bought CDs and then took my GPS system, some nice sunglasses, and he took all my car chargers, and he took my hands-free cord for my cell phone," said Duffy.

Duffy hopes posting the video on YouTube will help catch this guy.

"I felt so violated, and seeing his face on camera, watching him do this was just heart-breaking. I'm like, I'm seeing you do this, and I feel helpless, being able to catch him," said Duffy.

Duffy believes the same man who ransacked her car also stole her neighbor's car.

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