Car Burglars Caught On Tape

A different type of smash and grab burglary is caught on tape and Omaha Police are asking for our help in identifying the suspects.

Eight vehicles had broken windows and the contents stolen.

The crime happened in a secured garage on a busy stretch of road.

In the shadow of Midtown Crossing, the parking lot at Park Place Apartments and Condominiums appears to be as secure a lot as you'll find.

But crooks figured out a way to get inside the covered and fenced in garage and do extensive damage.

Crooks got inside and pulled out one security camera but forgot another.

That camera caught the crooks in the act.

Around 2 am February 14th, the crooks busted windows and burglarized several cars inside the garage.

Allison Fanders was one of eight victims.

"They must have stuck a flathead screwdriver in here because I had dents and scratches all along here and the inside was all scraped up and it wouldn't close completely any more," she said.

It caused extensive damage to her new SUV...about $900.

Allison's neighbors lost laptop computers, cell phones and mp3 players among other valuables.

What Allison lost doesn't have a monetary value.

"Photos and picture frames and journals." she said. "The day before I had gone to my mom's house and got all my stuff from high school and college and I had it in my car and I got home late from work and I was going to take it in in the morning but they saw boxes and broke in and took it all."

Allison thinks the crooks scaled the fence along Dodge Street then opened the garage door.

They filled up the car with valuables and were there for at least 20 minutes, according to the surveillance video.

The following morning, Allison and her neighbors got the bad news.

"It isn't great way to start the day off," she said.

Allison says the building is secure and this type of crime doesn't happen here very often.

She hopes the video helps catch those responsible.

Omaha Police believe the vehicle used in the burglaries was a gray or beige Jeep.

The suspects are all white males -- one is believed to have a goatee.

Allison Fanders says she feels safe at the garage but says maybe the complex should consider razor wire across the top of the fence along Dodge Street.

Anyone with information concerning the thefts is asked to call Omaha Police at 444-7867.


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