Burglars strike same home twice, caught on camera

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A burglar in South Austin struck a family’s home three weeks ago, and then came back for more.

The Durand family’s car was stolen Thursday night from their driveway on Gaines Mill Lane. This time they caught it all on camera.

GOING IN-DEPTH // Austin Crime Numbers

  • In the month of March there were 856 car burglaries across Austin.
  • So far this year the there have more than 3,000 car burglaries in Austin.
  • We found the South Austin area has actually seen a big jump in home burglaries so far this year. It’s up 49 percent compared to this time last year.
  • Meanwhile auto thefts were only slightly higher at 2.5 percent.

“Three weeks ago the house was broken into and my husband came home to find the back window broken and the front door unlocked,” said Cindy Durand.

The home was ransacked with belongings tossed everywhere, so she Cindy says figuring out what all was stolen wasn’t easy.

“They didn’t steal a lot of stuff,” Durand said. “But having a break-in is always kind of scary.”

But things would only get worse for the Durand’s, especially after they realized their car keys were gone.  They installed surveillance outside of their home cameras to protect themselves.

“There’s been a lot of people in the neighborhood that had their cars broken into,” said Cindy. “So we figured maybe we would catch someone breaking into the cars.”

That’s exactly what happened. While inside their home Thursday night the burglar came back and stole the Durands’ gold 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid.

The family checked their cameras and were amazed at what they captured.

“Twice as he looks at our front door to see if anyone is coming he looks right past the camera,” Cindy explained.

They’re hoping someone sees the video and recognizes the suspect before the burglar strikes again.

“I’m hoping someone knows this guy and thinks he’s a jerk for doing this and wants to tell the cops.”

The Durand’s have filed a police report and turned the video over to authorities. If you have any information you’re told to call the Austin Police Department.

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