Burglar smashes car windows, caught on surveillance camera

Man causes thousands of dollars in damages
Posted at 4:24 PM, Oct 04, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A man is caught on camera causing thousands of dollars of damage and now, a homeowner hit twice by this burglar is pleading for anyone with information to come forward to police.

It's 3 a.m. and a man is seen on video crouched down by a car, but when daylight hits his intention becomes clear.

“Furious I was like...'what is this guy doing? This is my stuff,'" said Scott Turner.

Turner lives in the Kenwood area of St. Pete. It was his car, and that of his two roommates, that got hit.

“I felt angry, violated," he said. "I just wanted to grab ahold of him and let him know how I felt.”

While this unknown man didn't manage to steal anything, he left behind nearly $2,000 in damages and a lot of headaches. 

"Extremely annoying and frustrating and you don’t plan for something like that," said Taylor Adams, Turner's roommate.

Adams and Turner called St. Pete Police and filed a report.

"The cops said that there were a few other people like right in this location where the same thing happened to," said Turner.

They thought reporting the crime would be the end of it but say the same guy came back a second time. They watched him approach the cars in real-time through their Ring app. So they ran outside after him.

“I think he heard the door open and then I couldn’t tell you what we said, especially on TV," said Adams.

But the man got away and now they're hoping you'll recognize his face, and give police a call.

“If he comes back around, he’s probably not going to leave," said Turner.