MILPITAS (KPIX 5) – Milpitas Police were investigating a brazen burglary that was caught on camera.
Home surveillance footage shows a suspect wearing a high-visibility yellow vest and white cap as he locked down the Shenandoah Avenue area.
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Security cameras from a parked Tesla also recorded the suspect who is shown breaking into a house on April 10, while the family was attending Palm Sunday mass.
“If they were wearing a hoodie, they would look more suspicious than someone wearing a vest,” said Taihei Ishikawa, whose home was robbed. “They broke into the house through the front door and stole a bunch of stuff. Probably the most important thing was that my mother was safe in her room.
The burglar did not act alone, footage shows him talking to his apparent accomplice and fleeing driver in a parked black car as he put on a backpack before entering the house.
A camera from across the street shows that he walked first to the porch and then inside the house. Ishikawa says maybe they left the front door unlocked.
A few minutes later, the two men emerge from inside, pulling out a heavy safe – which contained the family’s savings and valuable heirlooms. They are seen shoving the safe into the black car before driving it.
“She had about $10,000 in cash in the safe and some jewelry worth several thousand dollars,” Ishikawa said. “There were other things like passports and most of us became US citizens and the safe also had our US citizenship certificates.”
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The house does not have its own security cameras; all footage was captured by neighbors who turned it over to police as evidence.
“We had pictures, and the Tesla was awesome, I had no idea it could do that. But yeah, the neighbors should look out for each other,” said Michelle Murillo who lives across the street. from the street.
Neighbors say it’s not the first time they’ve heard of burglars posing as service providers.
“They’re going to trick you into coming into your house and taking whatever they want, which is exactly what happened,” Murillo said.
Fortunately, the cameras also captured the suspect’s car and license plate.
Milpitas police say they are actively investigating the crime and are working on several leads, but so far have not made any arrests.
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“At the moment he is still at large and he could do the same thing, hurt other people or in the worst case, hurt someone. So that is my big concern. I really hope that he will get caught soon,” Ishikawa said.