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Neighbors take action after string of car break-ins caught on camera

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Homeowner Rusty Holliday speaks with News 4 about the recent break-ins in his Kirkwood neighborhood ( Credit:KMOV) Homeowner Rusty Holliday speaks with News 4 about the recent break-ins in his Kirkwood neighborhood ( Credit:KMOV)
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A group of Kirkwood neighbors are taking matters into their own hands after the latest thief to target their neighborhood.

Rusty Holliday says they’ve been dealing with people stealing from unlocked cars for years so he purchased a surveillance camera.

That’s when he caught the latest thief on Thursday. 

He noticed his car had been rummaged through and other neighbors noticed they had items missing as well. He checked his video footage and found the culprit.

Surveillance video shows a woman checking for unlocked cars in his driveway at around 7 a.m.

“We were just 10 feet away inside having coffee,” said Holliday, “and my kids were in there and we had no idea, so it’s a matter of safety we want to catch this person and lock them up.”

The woman didn’t end up with much from Holliday’s car, but she also broke into several other neighbor’s cars, including Chris Beardsley’s wife’s car.

“She took stuff that you wouldn’t think anyone would be interested in,” said Beardsley, “a case of Capri (Sun) juice pouches and a tote full of some pretty worthless paperwork.”

Holliday says other neighbors weren’t so lucky.

“There are some valuable items that were taken,” he said.

He and his neighbors reported the thefts to police and posted signs warning people about surveillance cameras around the neighborhood.

“And there will be a lot more cameras,” said Beardsley, “I talked to a few other neighbors and myself who will be putting up cameras.”

Both men hope the cameras send a message not just to this thief, but anyone else hoping to cash in on their expense.

“We’d really like to catch this person,” said Beardsley, “so they know that this isn’t something they can just come do.” 

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