Homeowner catches thief on living room security camera

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 8, 2015)- A thief breaks into an Irvington home and steals electronics worth thousands of dollars.  There was one electronic the thief didn’t see, but it saw him--a security camera.

“It’s very obvious. It’s sitting there with a big red light on it,” said homeowner Mike Kruggel.

Tuesday morning, just after Kruggel left for work, the surveillance camera hanging in the corner of his living room caught the criminal in the act.  You can see the thief bust through the front door and head straight to the bedroom.  He grabs a pillowcase and starts loading it up with a laptop, a couple PlayStations, and a camera.  He also got away with a class ring.

“Basically I just want to see this guy behind bars for what he’s done.”

Kruggel told us he’s had his cars broken into before and that’s why he decided to put up cameras around his home.  He just installed the one in his living room a couple months ago.  Kruggel didn’t think it was connected until he checked it.

“Oh my God and I was in awe. We were pretty excited that we actually caught it,” explains Kruggel.

The thief spent about 15 minutes in the home.  Kruggel has come to terms with not getting his things back.  He’s over being bothered about the invasion of privacy but he’s more upset that this thief didn’t work for what he wanted.

“I don’t know how the guy sleeps at night, to be honest with you, if it was me I couldn’t sleep at night. I think it’s much easier to get an honest job than to worry about every night, 'Are the cops going to be knocking on my door?'”

The guy appears to be wearing a Tony Stewart sweatshirt with the number 14 on it.

“We are hoping that footage will at least bring some justice to this whole situation,” explains Kruggel.

Kruggel did file a report with IMPD.  If you recognize the man in the surveillance video you’re asked to call police.

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