VIDEO OF SUSPECT: Thief Breaks into Vehicle with Secret Electronic Device

August 22, 2014 10:00 am · 68 comments

Just a few hours after we warned you about burglars on Olive Dr., a resident of the Concord street had their vehicle broken into.

This video was taken early on Thursday morning, and shows a vehicle burglar on Olive Dr.

The owner of the vehicle says “Video of individual breaking into our car early in the morning. Somehow they were able to open the door without a key. After they went in and stole all the change, they close the door carefully and leave. The next morning when the car was started, the alarm then goes off.”

Although it might look like the vehicle was unlocked, the owner says it wasn’t, which could be very true. USA Today reported earlier this month that “thieves are using electronic ‘scanner boxes’ that allow them mimic the signal emitted by key fobs that open car doors with the click of a button.”

If you recognize the person in the video, please call the Concord Police Dept.

All Thumbs August 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced home video surveillance system? That includes installation?

Basel August 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Looks like the vehicle on the left was unlocked. The perp is holding a flashlight and it appears he was checking the lock button position. He even held the flashlight in his mouth. Good video – get it to the various TV news sources and he’ll be identified in a jiffy.

anon August 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Using a flashlight too, very brazen. Hopefully someone knows well it is.

Alina August 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I am sure someone will recognize this jackass.

a nun August 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I’m confused as to why the alarm would go off when the car was started?

Marissa August 22, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Wow! What a fool!

BlokRaider August 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Ok the Door was left open.. Who does that…

Use Good Judgment August 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Put your vehicles in the garage, and don’t leave ANYTHING in your vehicles, whether garaged or not, and the problem is solved.

The reason burglaries are low priority to any PD is police departments are well aware that most (not all) burglaries can easily be eliminated with good judgment.

Wake up!

Mr. Pink August 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM

His stupid ponytail bun should give him away.

Bastard!! August 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

What kind of surveillance was used here? I’d like to get this brand it amazing

Captain Bebops August 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Home surveillance systems seem to be in a state of flux at the moment. There are better, cheaper chipsets coming and more systems need to be designed to be easy for a consumer to install. The problem is often wiring them and not so much for the video which can be P2P and not wifi but for the power. Solar cameras would be the answer but they need a lot more power than say a solar powered security lamp.

Walking around my neighborhood today I only saw two houses with them.

lights and sirens August 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Looks like to me the door was unlocked. And on my car if the alarm goes off when I start it, it means it went off since the last time I started it wit h the key.. it’s an alert that at some point my car was messed with. Can’t the cops finger pro t the door handle???

lights and sirens August 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Oops finger print

pete August 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The first generation of cars starting in the 80s that used RF for remote lock/unlock had a static code and were/are very susceptible to fairly simple code scanners…very similar to how the older garage door openers with the 8-bit pattern set by the DIP switches could be easily intercepted. But in the late-90s, “rolling” 40-bit codes were introduced which made the “code grabbers” thieves used practically useless.

Today it would still be a fairly complicated process for a thief to be able to grab codes, but myself having been victim of a theft where I know for 100% certain the doors were locked, and hearing more and more similar stories, I think there might be some “black boxes” out on the market now that makes things easier for the bad guys…the kind of technology that would have been prohibitively expensive 5-10 years ago, but as chip speeds increase as the costs go down, more and more losers can afford it.

bored@work August 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Seriously? Blaming the victim? Let’s focus on the person robbing and not the person who got robbed. Whether they left the door open or not, they still got robbed. I promise you this, if they did leave the door unlocked (which they said they didn’t), they won’t leave it unlocked anymore.

rizzo August 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

He is holding the door, get the finger prints police!!!

anon August 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM

POS with pony tail–check Olympic year book….oh yeah he was too high to go to class & graduate………….

Jerk August 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I’m not buying the “secret electronic device” story – I know they exist. Where’s it at, In His backpack?
Car door was left unlocked.

anon August 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

is this a female posing as a male? look at that face. and the hair is well maintained, it’s very shiny. nevertheless they aren’t too swift. that’s a pretty good shot, can they do a close up of some still shots?

i like the reasoning point somebody made a few thieves back. they said something like ‘you’re going to go cheap on a camera and save 100 bucks only to lose 100’s when you get robbed.

Idiocracy August 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Typical lazy punk! Get a job loser, hope the 3.95 in change was worth it when they catch you lol. Come on Concord residents look out for your neighbors! Stop ignoring the trash.

anon August 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

that headline was confusing, it sounded like the car had a secret electronic device. i was expecting a different turnout.

how ’bout ‘thief with a secret electronic device breaks into vehicle’.

anon August 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

i see a wedding band. doesn’t look like a tweaker surprisingly. maybe just out of work and he doesnt want his wife to know.

anon August 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Get a haircut, hippy.

letumwork August 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

It’s a woman. Freeze the video at 23 seconds and you will see a ring shining on the ring finger of the hand holding the door. Also the face when looking at a still shot looks very feminine. Either that or it’s a Tranny with a wedding ring!

Atticus Thraxx August 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The story doesn’t smell right. Or not accurately reported.

Chronic Halitosis August 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I always look at the most expensive and the specs of those products. This helps me to start to choose the products I can afford with the same specs.
It all boils down to the camera. The projects budget.

94598 August 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I really really hope he is identified! My van has been broken into several times- and its always been around 3:15- 3:30am. That appears to be prime time for the burglars.

Use Good Judgment August 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

For those of you (including myself) with keyless entry car devices, LOCK YOUR CAR DOOR MANUALLY!

Whether or not this door was locked or unlocked, if you lock your door manually, you can’t be a victim. This secret electronic device only works……you get the rest.

Sven August 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM

To Person Who Was Ripped Off,

What brand and model camera is that? That would be high-quality video even in daytime, but is fantastic for nigh/low-light….would love to know the camera you’re using.

green August 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

#28 Use Good Judgment:

the post makes no sense. a locked door is a locked door. doesn’t matter if manual or electronic.

94598 August 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Thief is a woman.

green August 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

half of you did not read the article. the door was not unlocked. a secret electronic device was used.

reading skils people!!

OK #28 August 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

No I don’t get the rest. How does locking my door manually stop this device from working? When I manually push the lock switch, I hear the car’s electronics lock all other unlocked doors on the vehicle. My 16 year old van has electronic locks. Whether I manually push them down, or I use the remote, how does this stop that black box from working? I do know that my manually pushing the lock in a parking lot I don’t send out a signal for anyone hiding nearby to grab with a signal seeking device. But other than that, how does manually pushing down the lock stop this box from working? I don’t get the rest. Please explain if you will.

For the poster of this video, it would greatly benefit all interested if you would let us know what video system you are using. Brand? Where purchased? Ball park price? Just letting us know if you are using a $2,000 dollar system, or a Sam’s Club $400 system. This is obviously at night. were there any porch lights on or is it that good a video to take night photos like that with no lights on? Any and all info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and so sorry you were violated like that. Knowledge is power, we must share all we know.

Captain Bebops August 22, 2014 at 1:03 PM

@Chronic Halitosis, those systems are for retail businesses and offices. Home surveillance cameras and DVRs are a different ballgame though they might try to sell you a business system. I think Swann is on the right track with their Digimon system which is easier for a user to install. Unfortunately it is a rather new product and reviews weren’t all that great.

The 2 camera unit is only $399 and has a higher resolution screen for the monitor tablet (which can be tired into your router through Ethernet and thus viewed while away via your phone or tablet).

TonyJ August 22, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Actually that looks like a 2005-09 model Honda. The lock mechanism are on the side of the door, not the top, impossible to see from that angle. In addition, that model auto-locks 30 secs to a minute after walking away from the car (as long as key not in the ignition). I find it unlikely that the car was left unlocked. It is near impossible to keep that model “unlocked”.

Concordejet August 22, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Interesting very practical how female thief are getting smarter with hackable tools to break into the vehicles.

The victim August 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Those inquiring about the cameras:
The cameras and DVR system were purchased about 2 years ago at Costco, they’re Swann DVR 8-4000, though I am sure there are newer/better cameras now. Roughly $800.00 then.

We had the cameras/conduits installed by a local business. Great guy, excellent work! 

For those that insist the car was unlocked  it was not. Look very closely at the bulge in his  left front pocket, you will see a flicker/burst of light as the perp stands near the door, then he opens it. Also the door was not closed completely afterward, thus the delayed alarm in the morning.

@TonyJ you are correct it is a self locking Honda.

We set up the cameras as my car had been hit twice before, each time locked and alarmed.  This video confirmed my suspicions that the perp had a device or key fob to access my car. 

I am fairly certain others in the area were hit and likely lost more valuable items. Or perhaps you thought you left your car unlocked and noticed small items missing, and so you didn’t bother to make report, because you figured it was your fault. 

I am sure he will be caught, for this or something else, someday soon.

The victim August 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Additionally there was security light which came on which helped illuminate the perp. These cameras are High def and infrared.

Use Good Judgment August 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

If you don’t understand the rest, perhaps I can explain. I realize a lot of people here are younger than I, and I thought maybe you knew more about technology than me. Our kids in their twenties certainly do.

The thieves can code their devices when you use your keyless entry device. They can sit across the street from your vehicle at the store (or anywhere) and program their theft device when you use your keyless entry device.

If you’re wondering how I know this, this happened to a friend of mine. Law enforcement explained it to him, and he took the time to advise his family and friends.

For further explanation, you can probably google it.

Green (#30), this makes a lot of sense if you knew what I was talking about. And you obviously didn’t.

It’s up to you whether you choose to use your keyless entry device. I don’t care to be HACKED.

Me August 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Police should post a notice with all the barber shops in the area. Anyone with a pony tail wishing it to be buzzed off should be questioned ;o)

Jerk August 22, 2014 at 1:52 PM

#32, yeah we read that.
Watch in 1440dpi (awesome high resolution for a security cam BTW).
Where was this device, was it built into the flashlight? I don’t see our tomboy fiddling with any electronic devices…

Me August 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Hopefully he will still have the ponytail in when he goes to jail. It will make a nice handle when he’s getting violated.

SF CityGirl August 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

@ Use Good Judgement~ Not all cars lock manually. Mine does not.

Jesse August 22, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Last summer CNN ran a story about the mysterious small devices thieves are using to unlock cars electronically. They’ve been recorded on surveillance video holding the devices. The reporter said car manufacturers and law enforcement are mystified. The reporter said police had recently got their hands on one, so maybe they have it figured out by now.

The 925er August 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I’m pretty sure that it’s one of the transients that I see all the time in Walnut Creek. He’s got the greasy ponytail hair, and hangs out in Civic Park with the other unsavory characters there. I wouldn’t put it past him to be doing something like this, as I have seen the person that I am referring to case cars in the Safeway and library parking lot.

Original G August 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Beginning of the video appears to be a light source (street light ?) off camera giving a flare effect. Then looks like a motion sensor turned on lights, goes to color.
Is possible to get a system if it sees motion above a preset threshold inside a preset area would turn on infrared (night vision) floodlights.

Part of my job is industrial CCTV install an maintenance, when installing a camera you need to walk test it during day and at night to gauge it’s and the systems performance. Then you can make changes to correct or reduce problems found.

@All Thumbs and others, watch video put out by the FBI on CCTV.
Also in that list of videos on the right videos 10 thru 21 give more information on cameras, frame rate and much more.
Hope it helps.

What Jesse mentioned

green August 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

#39 Use Good Judgment:

Next time try explaining yourself in your first post, so it makes sense. The way you wrote it, it didn’t. Again, basic English skills. Back to school for you; otherwise, don’t bother us with your nonsense! It’s a waste of our times.

green August 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Jerk #41:

“Where was this device, was it built into the flashlight? I don’t see our tomboy fiddling with any electronic devices…”

He might have done it behind the pickup, on his way to the car. It might have been in his pocket, or in his hand, next to the flashlight.

Profiler August 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Looks like an original occupy protester that just got back from rioting and vandalizing in downtown Oakland and was now looking to reek havoc on his burglary tour before getting ready for the next protest

Moneypenny August 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

It looks like a guy, The way that this lowlife deadbeat is walking, he looks like he’s either got jock itch or is bow legged. It’s probably the shorts that he is wearing too. What an absolute tosser!!! I hope that they catch this cretin, but then again what will they do with him? Throw him in jail for a day or two, go over his record and then release this knob……

Anon August 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

D-Link Wireless Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera with mydlink-Enabled, DCS-932L (White)

These Cameras on Amazon work great.

Huh? August 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Green, you’re just plain stupid. Nothing will make sense to you.

Anonymous August 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Ya’ know, if he’s willing/able to be up at 3:00 in the morning, work this hard for so little, and walk to work as he seems to, he COULD have a real, legal job if he didn’t feel so entitled to others’ property and actually cared enough to TRY supporting himself.

work August 22, 2014 at 7:13 PM

letumwork #24:

please don’t refer to transgendered people in that way. it’s offensive. no different that the n-word.

VikingPrincess August 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Thought the person was female too.still do.

@ work #54 August 22, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I can’t speak for #24, but tranny’s are just a messed up a child molesters and wife beaters. Its a sickness with no cure.

I couldn’t care less if any of the lGVTWDFESTD crowd is offended. Offending that crowd is like offending a rock.

Atticus Thraxx August 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM

A bloody chav he is.

Monkey August 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I thought it was a chick with the stupid shiny bun head, but the walk away from the car it just ransacked was very manly. Ewww

Cowellian August 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

She sounds hideous!

Kristen August 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Lol White Boy/Girl got caught on Camera!
It wasn’t the black neither the Brown Boy this time!

I thought August 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

green was an idiot, but that ” back to school for you” comment was hilarious. nice work.

anon August 22, 2014 at 10:15 PM

the face is female, the walk can be part of the cover. focus on the faces as she opens the door. and do you see how much time she spends in the car? so much like a woman, they go in the store and spend all day looking at everything, but a man goes in for the one item and comes right back out.

That is One Slow Thief August 22, 2014 at 10:21 PM

He sure is taking his time, like it is his own vehicle or something. At least he is being kind to the car! Most of these losers do more money in damage breaking in and ransacking than anything they take.

Detailed Observation August 22, 2014 at 11:54 PM

You can see as he is opening the car door, he is wearing a WEDDING RING. You can see the glint from the ring by the light above the garage. Another clue to the identity of this man.

Yes, I realize he could just be wearing a ring on the traditional ring finger for any reason at all (including that he just stole it from someone) but this could still be a clue to his identity.

Kirkwood August 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

A couple of years ago a friend had his locked Lexus SUV entered while parked in his driveway, there was no alarm. He subsequently installed a couple of IR cameras aimed at the driveway. A couple of months later, same thing happened, no alarm. Video review showed a woman approaching the car and opening the driver’s door, the car’s lights did not flash and there was no alarm. She rummaged around and left. I saw the video.
A few months ago there was a local news story of a unknown woman doing the same thing elsewhere in the Bay Area. She appears to have a device that silently compromises car’s alarm systems.

Two threads August 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I see nothing in the video that even remotely looks like an electric gadget that opens car doors. In what I see I’d be confident in a huge bet that the doors were unlocked.

If in fact there are such devices, that would be a great thread on Claycord but this video does nothing to highlight the technology.

I’m happy for the owner who got clear video, but it seems they may be less than sure of if they locked their doors.

moffett August 24, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Or just buy a gun…and itll be solvved perminently.

Silva August 26, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Yep. Dude’s a bloody chav. I wish I could have his lovely hair.

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