COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - A thief taking his time stealing items from four cars parked in a Colquitt County driveway is one of 20 entering autos reported to the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office this month.
The theft was caught on a home surveillance video.
The homeowner said that it looks like the crook saw the cameras in the driveway, but rummaged through the unlocked cars anyway, now she has a warning for her neighbors.
Consuelo Garcia said that she and her family have lived at their home on Tallokas Trail for more than 10 years.
"I've always told everyone this is a safe neighborhood, and I never lock my doors, and I've never had anyone break in," said Garcia.
But that all changed the morning of June 11, when Garcia took her dog out for a walk and saw all of her car doors wide open.
"It just surprised me and it got me really scared. I ran in here to look at the cameras," explained Garcia. "And we played the tape and we see the guy."
Surveillance video shows the man checking door handles. Unfortunately, all four cars were open. Garcia said he stole more than $2,500 in cash. But this is just one of several entering autos Colquitt County Sheriff's investigators are working.
"Since June 7th, just Colquitt county alone, not including Moultrie Police department, we've had 20 entering autos. That is an uncommonly high number," said Investigator Austin Cannon.
Garcia said she installed cameras to keep her property safe, but that may not be enough.
SOT Consuelo Garcia
"We felt like he was laughing like, 'What are your cameras going to do to protect you?'" said Garcia.
Garcia told her neighbors to be on alert and start locking their car doors. She said that she no longer feels safe on her own street.
"Now, since that day, when it starts getting dark, I get really scared, I can't go to the vehicles because I think someone may be behind the bushes, or behind the trucks, or someone's just watching if we're at home or not," explained Garcia.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the video is asked to call the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.