Neighbors stepping up security to catch crooks

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- People living in a Florence neighborhood have found out the hard way that it’s not enough to just watch out for each other. So they’re investing in technology to help catch a thief.

Moving a snow blower on a warm sunny day didn’t catch the attention of neighbors.

“I definitely didn’t expect to happen in the day time.” says neighbor Roger Armstrong.

Roger lives across the street from the scene of the crime captured on video by Dave Anderson.

“There had to be at least two people. Unless he pushed it all the way down the street. And if he pushed it all the way down the street, nobody see it.” says Anderson.

It’s Anderson’s snowblower that’s stolen on camera. He uses the snowblower to clear sidewalks for elderly neighbors.

Dave is moving his military grade surveillance camera to a secret location and see if he can catch the thief coming back for more while monitoring it on his phone.

His security camera system has caught the eye of his neighbors.

“I think I’m going to get some installed yes, and I’m sure some of the other neighbors will to.” says his neighbor Roger Armstrong.

A suspect got away with an expensive snow blower and someone came back that night to steal another. Now with more live cameras with motion alert, neighbors hope they won’t blow another chance to catch him in the act.

If you recognize the suspect call Omaha police. Theft victim Dave Anderson says he’ll add $200 to any reward offered by CrimeStoppers.