Security Camera Stolen in Pleasant Hill – Alleged Thief Caught on Video

February 13, 2013 · 76 comments

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This video was sent by a Pleasant Hill resident who had her surveillance camera stolen off her front porch on February 8th at 4:25am.

If anybody recognizes the man in the video, you are asked to call the Pleasant Hill Police Department.

You can also email an anonymous tip to news@claycord.com.

If you recognize this man, please, do not put his name in the comments section below, either email it to news@claycord.com or call the PHPD.

1 Anon2you February 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

That is one crime you don’t hear about often…Security Camera thief…maybe there is a reason for that dumbass..Someone will find this guy soon. Come on Claycord! Do your thing…

2 Enfield303 February 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Looks like Survivorman Les Stroud.

3 Anon February 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

OK..this need to be on one of those dum crook shows…How dumb do you have to be to steal a camera while it records you?

4 Anon February 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

OK OK…yes I spelled “dum” wrong..at least I didn’t steal a camera WHILE it recorded me

5 Reality says... February 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Fake goatee much?

6 casey February 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

hmm wearing a white sweatsuit, white Vans beenie, and black/white vans. This guy is a special kind of stupid stealing a camera. Did he think it was not working? Hope they get him soon

7 blah February 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

What a jerk…

8 Rich C. February 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Mayor, what area of Pleasant Hill was this stolen from?
Not the smartest thief, trying to shield his face a couple of times from the camera. Doh!

9 Paul (formerly) in South Concord February 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

General location of this incident, please? Something like the neighborhood, or nearest major intersection, or nearest major landmark, etc. Thanks.

10 ConcordCatLady February 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I had fake ones that looked very real mounted at my home and they got stolen. They were there just as a deterrent, Some people are such scumbags.

11 anonanonagain February 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

What a loser!!! What an absolute idiot. Good way to louse up your already lousy life…..

12 PollyP925 February 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM

What in the world? What was he stealing it for? To come back later? That’s a bit scary! But what a moron? You could tell he knew he was being recorded, did he think by taking the camera they wouldn’t be able to view him?

BIZARRE!

13 LowLIfe February 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

What a low life. Hope the moron is caught.

14 Dave Limbar February 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

where is the location?

15 Nikki P February 13, 2013 at 2:54 PM

scary…..makes me wonder if they’re plotting something

16 Rob February 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Was anyone else thinking that the moron would fall, get that flashlight lodged in his throat and flop around for a while?

I bet he thought that the camera got his picture and that the video was actually stored in the camera and that by stealing it no one would every know…

Kids – don’t let this happen to you, stay in school.

17 matt carrera February 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

What part of pleasant hill Mayor?

18 PH Neighbor February 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Look what we have lurking on our front porches at 4:00 am.
Really!?!
Such A Major Stupid Idiot!!!
Karma!

19 CatClaws February 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Look at that fake beard! lol Going through all of that for a surveilance camera-this fool deserves to be caught.

20 Rage Ricin February 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

From his behavior it seems the theft of the camera was an unplanned afterthought. He was about to break into the property or at least plan a recon mission for a later break in.

21 Mr. John February 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

It looks to me like he didn’t know the camera was there until he looked up at it and realized he had been recorded. Then he decided to steal the camera because he thought there was a chance the camera held the recording. Not too bright…

22 Cowellian February 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

On a thread last month, there was a discussion about whether it was better to have cameras hidden or visible. I’m thinking about having one camera visible, but in an inaccessible location, and then hiding the rest of the cameras.

23 CatWoman February 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Looks like business as usual to me. Wow! Open manholes–what’s to be expected. This guy is going to be caught.

24 Matthew February 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Watch out, he only took a camera, but he might try to come back to rob the house now that he believes he removed the houses’ security. I’d be extra careful if this happened while you were out of the house, he might know your schedule.

25 Tea bagger party February 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

And I thought I was stupid

26 Lori February 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

LOL I Love this so much, I know he will get caught thanks to Claycord.

27 NoMoreFreeRide February 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Brilliant!

28 Chevrolet girl February 13, 2013 at 3:26 PM

He has quite a full backpack there! Scary to think this scumbag and many more are on our porches while we sleep!

29 some guy February 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM

I had one stolen by a door to door sales person that came back a week later at night to take it. looked right into the camera while his buddy watched him. pulled the cable out of the camera making it worthless once he got it. Moron..
On the bright side I recovered a nice leatherman tool he forgot.

30 Belairium February 13, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Pretty scary…… It does not look like he was there just to take the camera. Looks like having that camera there saved them from being robbed. Hope they find him

31 Leni February 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Mayor – If you could please let us know what general area/ subdivision on PH this happened in that would be greatly appreciated.

@Cowellian- I agree that having it visible but inaccessible is the best way to go.

32 9_deuce_daisy February 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Is that a binky? LOL

I hope you get caught, jerk.

33 Why February 13, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Love the video, that is awesome. They will catch him.

34 Shannon February 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Can’t wait for a follow up. Want to see this Dude get what he deserves!

35 CLAYCORD.com February 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM

I believe it was the Gregory Gardens area.

36 Parsnip February 13, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Maybe a few establishments would be willing to post the photo in their windows, e.g., 7-11, Starbucks, etc. Going after a residential I’d think he’d be a local. Freak him out a little.

37 David D February 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Looks like the same guy we have on video that tried to break into one of our work trucks on Contra Costa near Boyd. He was on a bike.

38 Nokeem February 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

It just keeps getting worse. I can’t stand it. Think he has priors? He is all set for robbery, isn’t he. Nice gloves, backpack for loot and tools, handy flashlight. He needs to be brought in. Any clue as to where (nearest intersection) this porch is located? Gonna get up real early for awhile, wait and watch.

39 Big dog February 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Day or night my dogs let us know
When any one is near our house.
It works for us and our neighbors
don’t mind because they know they
Only sound for a reason.

40 Chris February 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Did pd print the places he touched? Prior record. That will give them a name.

41 Han Solo February 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM

He would need a ladder to get my camera.

42 bumper February 13, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Never trust a grown man wearing a kids backpack (notice the strap around his left shoulder). Probably a pill popper or tweeker…

43 Anon2 February 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Why do you think he chose to wear white? Maybe he wants to get caught.

44 JRConcord February 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Looks like Eric Cartman with a fake beard!! What a Big time Loser…

45 anonamiss February 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Sorry buddy, but your very visible image is already out there!! Can’t wait til they catch your stupid @$$……

46 Parsnip February 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

What would be great would be if a police artist could “remove” the beard and send copy of the dummy to Claycord.

47 Alarm Guy February 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Interesting video. Almost looks like he shines the light into the camera to turn off the IR to think about what the hell he’s going to do next. He took the camera, which means he doesn’t know the difference from cameras that store on-board vs. DVR. So professional no, stupid hell yes. Just a matter of time before he gets caught, or shot.

48 Elwood February 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I know him!

That’s Delbert Dumbass!

49 CC February 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM

@David D Great tip. Did you share the video with PHPD?

50 NRA #1 fan and member February 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I would have shot him if he was on my property

51 Blanco February 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

That IS Survivorman! Next up Antioch!

52 LMAO February 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Mayor, you should pass that on to the dumbest criminals TV show and ABC7 NEWS so people can help catch him or at least have a good laugh. I did! Sure looks like one of the homeless around town I PHPD will catch him.

53 CBS February 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

@chris #40
yes, david caruso and the rest of the CSI team were deployed and they used their blue lights to get every print/semen sample in the area. its just a matter of time before he gets caught. thanks for the insight.

54 Bumper February 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

It was probably a B&W infrared camera, which makes dark colors appear white.

55 vigilante#1 February 13, 2013 at 7:53 PM

You s-bag mother! I know you are reading this article. You will get caught. You can be assured of that. You also better hope its the police and not one of us.

56 Parsnip February 13, 2013 at 7:58 PM

@#50 — “On” your property? That’s a rather loose statement, but no surprise considering the source. I think you need a brush-up on the Castle doctrine to understand the difference between “on your property” and “in your residence.”

(Your hot air is turning into helium.)

57 Atticus Thraxx February 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Look…..he’s got the meth eyes. And meth mouth. Officer Barbrady if you would be so kind. I’m sure it won’t take but a fraction of your investigational powers to bring this drug-addled, functionally retarded, street criminal to justice. I catch someone around my home at 4:30 in the morning with a Hello Kitty backpack with a flashlight stuck in his mouth I’m liable to turn the hose on him. ‘Cause that’s how we roll all up in the 925.

58 iola February 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM

I agree with 15&20 and some other posters. This is creepy, he was planning something either for that night or to come back. Who knows what was in his backpack or if he had more planned than a robbery. Hope he gets caught soon.

59 I hate the mayor February 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

What The F Mayor???? Please tell me why you say Alleged ???? Why?
That’s not alleged, Lets call a spade a spade .Have some balls Mayor C’mon
The headline should say …Do you recognize the POS stealing this Camera.

60 Antler February 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Bumper at #54 ~ ~ ~ But wouldn’t that mean he is a black man with a white goatee/beard? (I’m clueless about such things, so you might just be joking and I didn’t get it……..sorry.)

61 vigilante#1 February 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

What really amazes me, even more than this a-holes actions, is the amount of people who don’t have a single light on the exterior of their houses on at night. No porch lights, no side yard lights. You are all asking for it.

62 Tom February 13, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Our neighborhood, Gregory Gardens, has been a sleepy, safe place for the entire 13 years I have lived here until now. We started getting petty theft break-ins toward the end of 2012 the frequency and severity of which has been increasing ever since. None of it makes any sense. We have had neighborhood watch meetings with the PH police department with promises of expanded patrols at night. I can only hope that it has happened but to my observation there has only been one drive through the area. This fellow was quite brazen and I think that he overestimates just how much we will put up with and underestimates the lengths we will go to put an end to is.

63 Tom February 13, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Ummm, end to it!

64 anon February 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM

with those psycho eyes someone is sure to recognize him. I wonder if his name is jason or james.
Connie, where’s your brilliant comment.

65 anon February 13, 2013 at 9:34 PM

What the hell is on his face?

66 Duck February 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Ryan is that you ?
Nice kicks dude !

67 dinkydau February 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Now that I have seen this as I am getting older and little jaded. He’d better not come in my home. I live alone and once they enter I am afraid for my life.
Therefore I have a 9mm waiting for him and will tell him I have a gun and will shoot if he comes in. If he dies, so be it. I am alive and its him or me.

68 Amy February 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

I don’t know, He could be wearing a fake beard or will shave off the beard and he is wearing a ski cap. I would be surprised if he is caught but I hope I am wrong.

69 PH Neighbor February 14, 2013 at 2:14 AM

I am with you dinkydau.
Armed, loaded and ready.

70 lmao at meth monsters February 14, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Thats that one tweaker who lives under the bridge..Haha….he needed the camera to make sure his bridge is secure

71 David d February 14, 2013 at 5:18 AM

@ 49-
CC. yes PHPD have a copy.

72 NutCreek Frontier February 14, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Nothing good comes from a man wearing a backpack wandering through neighborhoods at 4:00 am. This guy looks dangerous (and dangerously stupid). Hope they catch him soon!

73 Mac February 14, 2013 at 7:15 AM

@ i hate the mayor…… either joking, or you are very high and/or drunk

74 Cowellian February 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM

That’s Allegedly very high and/or drunk!
;)

75 CC February 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Anyone see it on the news last night? cbsloc.al/Xa0DTJ
Love that the reporter noticed the flashlight started out in his mouth the wrong way (I didn’t catch that).

76 Anon February 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Those Dropcam IR cameras cost ~ $150 on Amazon. He could try to pawn it. Does anyone know if the camera has a MAC address tied to it in case he tries to hook it up at his own place of residence? Perhaps this is something Dropcam can track/trace?

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