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Video shows Mission Viejo burglar entering home while couple sleeps

An intruder was caught on video burglarizing a Mission Viejo condo in the middle of the night while people were asleep.
April 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
An intruder was caught on video burglarizing a Mission Viejo condo in the middle of the night while the occupants of the home were asleep.

Surveillance video shows the young burglar looking through property on the first floor of the condo around 3 a.m. The suspect spent about 15 minutes inside the home as a husband and wife slept upstairs.

Authorities say the victims later woke up to find iPads and cash missing. The loss was estimated at $1,200.

"They had no idea someone was in their house until they realized property was missing and then they reviewed surveillance video and discovered the suspect who had entered the house," said Lt. Jeff Hallock with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators say the suspect entered the condo through an unlocked sliding glass door. The incident is a reminder to neighbors to be cautious.

The suspect has dark hair and was described as being 17 to 20 years old. He was wearing a hooded sweater during the burglary.

"He looks fairly young, so we've attempted to reach out to some of our school resource officers to see if maybe he's even a high school student. But, thus far, we've come up with nothing," said Hallock.

Authorities are also checking to see if he may be connected with other crimes.

"When someone is that brazen and willing to walk into a house in the middle of the night where people are sleeping, it points to the fact that he may have done this before," said Hallock.


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