Home Burglar Caught on Surveillance Camera

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    A surveillance camera in the kitchen captured a burglar kicking in a Dallas home's back door and then walking in with a flashlight. (Published Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012)

    Dallas police are investigating two home break-ins in the Creek Bend neighborhood during a one-week period.

    The most recent break-in was at the home of radio personality Gary Hayes, who lives in the13000 block of Woodbend Lane.

    A surveillance camera in his kitchen captured a burglar kicking in the back door and then walking in with a flashlight.

    "Once I saw it, I was like, 'This is crazy,'" he said.

    Hayes is in Atlanta for work, but was able to remotely access the surveillance video. He said he still hasn't been home to Dallas to inventory what was stolen.

    "We need to catch him, because they are breaking in my neighborhood like they are giving away something," he said. "I mean, he needs to be caught."

    A week earlier, someone kicked in the back door of his neighbor, Elaine Keppler.

    "They came in here and, I guess, just grabbed what they could," she said.

    Thieves stole her big-screen TV, jewelry and laptop. Keppler, who lives alone, said she is now debating whether she should stay or go.

    "Now, after you hear about the other one -- even though they got pictures of him, I don't know," she said.

    Hayes said he shared the same concern.

    "I don't even want to go back to the house," he said. "I'm scared to even come home."

    At this point, Dallas police say they don't know if the burglaries are related.

    Hayes is personally offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.