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Gables Prowler Caught On Camera

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Surveillance cameras captured a Coral Gables burglar in the act.  (Source: Coral Gables Police)

Surveillance cameras captured a Coral Gables burglar in the act. (Source: Coral Gables Police)

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CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – A Coral Gables burglar was captured on camera in the act, now police are hoping someone recognizes that person and gives them a call.

The burglary occurred January 16th just after 10:45 a.m. at 307 Candia Avenue in the home of Ana Abellon and her 84-year-old mother.

According to police, the surveillance video shows a burgundy colored two door car backing into the residence’s driveway into order to conceal its license plate. After getting out of the car the driver, wearing a dark-colored shirt, long shorts and some sort of brace on his right arm, walked around the home, checking out windows and doors, to see if anyone was inside.

“The subject was seen for several minutes in front of this home before he went inside,” said Dean Wellinghoff, Coral Gables police officer. “We’d like people to be vigilant. Anyone driving down the street could have seen this guy. If you see something that looks out of place, call police.”

“The victim would like to have the jewelry back because it has sentimental value,” said Wellinghoff.

During the crime, a burglar alarm was triggered and police officers were dispatched to check it out.

Before the officers arrived, however, the burglar left the house through the front door with a pillow case in hand. A case, police said, which was filled with necklaces, bracelets with precious stones and a pin stolen from the home.

“I was shocked. Just looking at the video because this individual really took his time and he got away with what he was looking for and that was jewelry,” Abellon said.

Abellon told CBS4’S Peter D’Oench, “I think it’s a shame that people are doing this. I know it’s a bad economy. But this has got to stop.”

She told D’Oench, “It would mean a lot to me if this person was caught. It would mean he would not do this to anyone else. I would like to see him put away so he doesn’t do this to anyone else.”

The man was described as being between 18 and 25 years old, about 200 lbs., a little taller than 5’ 5”, with black hair and a thin beard, and a brace on his right arm.

“This is a perfect example of how video can help police,” said Wellinghoff. “It is very clear. It is excellent quality.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS or the Coral Gables Police Department at (305) 442-1600.

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