Alleged burglars ransacked an apartment in Washington D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. What they didn’t know is that a surveillance camera recorded the entire burglary. (story continues below video)
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Victm Tommy Rossman says he and the alleged burglary suspects almost crossed paths at his apartment Wednesday.
“I normally would be at work 100 percent, but today, since I was picking up the pies and bringing them back and putting them in the refrigerator, I was going to drop them off and then head back to work,” he said.
It was the day before Thanksgiving and these three suspects didn’t quite steal the turkey. But they got away with one thing they will never be able to return.
“Just when you start letting your guard down, when you feel okay, it’s been six months, hopefully this will be fine, and then as soon as you do that, that’s when it happens again,” said Rossman.
Rossman’s peace of mind was shattered again as his Columbia Heights apartment was ransacked. This time, it was at an apartment across the hall from just six months ago.
“Because I had this extra security on and they tried to force the door open, they couldn’t get it open, but the drywall was actually pushed out,” he showed us.
And it took nearly a minute of prying at the lock with a crowbar when finally all three men calmly stepped into the apartment.
“Casually looking around, not rushing,” Rossman said.
They were wearing gloves, but their faces were not concealed.
Watches, a laptop computer, an iPad Mini, alcohol and anything of relative value in plain sight, in drawers and even under cushions are now all gone.
But what the thieves didn’t see until it was too late was a surveillance camera.
“The camera was in plain sight right in front of them, and at one point, the guy even comes up [to the camera] as he’s looking to see what’s on the shelf,” said Rossman.
The camera recorded their every move and their faces.
“The most frightening thing is if I had walked in and they were that calm, what would have happened?” he said. “Would they have freaked out? Would they have come at me? You just never know.”
The surveillance camera was stolen. But it was rolling the entire time and uploading into a cloud server.
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