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Brazen suspected burglar caught on camera inside Hillsborough Co. home

Posted at 9:55 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 23:31:51-05

A brazen burglar was caught on camera breaking into a Hillsborough County home and stealing jewelry.

Neighbors in the Twelve Oaks area of the county are on alert. They've been circulating the surveillance video through social media watch groups. The video has some questioning their own home security.

“It’s just scary because it could happen to anybody," said neighbor Maite Ventura.

Ventura has cameras outside and inside her home. She thought they’d be enough to deter any type of criminal. Additionally, she's always seen her neighborhood as safe.

“It seems safe until now that I saw the video," she said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says the burglar smashed the front glass window of a home and then pried it open.

“No respect," said Alberto Castro.

Castro tells ABC Action News he's nervous to hear the crime happened so close to his home.

In the surveillance video, you can see the burglar on the phone. At one point he tells someone on the phone, in Spanish, "Yes, the door is open." With gloved hands he begins his search.

“He’s done that before. He was prepared," said Castro, pointing out the man covered his hands with gloves.

“He’s prepared," said Ventura, "He’s just looking to see what he can find."

There's one part of the video that has neighbors outraged. The burglar actually spots the camera.

“This guy has some nerve," said Castro, "He doesn’t even care there’s a camera pointed at him. He just simply moves the camera away.”

With the camera pointed at the wall, the stranger makes off with stolen jewelry.

The man is dressed in an Adidas tracksuit with white tennis shoes and blue gloves. Investigators describe him as a white male, 5'10", 165 lbs. with a thin build and short brown hair. If he looks familiar give HCSO a call.