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Man burglarizes Hemet home, flaunts face in front of security camera


Last updated 4/24/2019 at 4:14pm

Hemet Police Department

The Hemet Police Department is seeking help in identifying the person shown in this photo that broke into a home in Hemet on Saturday morning.

HEMET - Authorities on Wednesday, April 24 sought help from the public in identifying and tracking down a man who shoved his face in front of a home security video camera before burglarizing a residence in Hemet.

The break-in happened about 2:15 a.m. last Saturday in the 600 block of Stetson Avenue, near Buena Vista Street, according to Hemet police.

Lt. Nate Miller said the suspect targeted a home that was being fumigated, and was therefore temporarily unoccupied.

As the man was preparing to force his way through the front door, he noticed a doorbell security camera, stared into the device, then casually exhibited his android mobile phone to reveal the time on the digital display, according to video images captured and released by police.

Miller said the burglar tried to break the camera, but the video had already been automatically uploaded to the Cloud.

"The suspect, who was not wearing any protective equipment, then entered the toxic home and stole items,'' the lieutenant said.

The man left the residence after an unknown duration.

He's described as black, in his 40s or 50s, partially bald, with facial hair and prescription eyeglasses. He was wearing a light jacket and T-shirt of unknown color and was smoking.

Investigators posted additional details on the police Facebook page: .

Anyone with information was asked to contact the police department at 951-765-2400, or anonymously at 866-640-8477.


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