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Homeowner Hopes Video of Thief Helps Catch Crook

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LAS VEGAS -- Video cameras caught a bold criminal in action.

It is now spreading around the internet. Thousands of people have watched it and shared it, in hopes of catching the crook who was caught on camera.

The video clearly shows everything, including the crook's face and his car.

Ed Vidal uploaded this video of his house being burglarized to the internet.

In 24 hours, he has watched it twenty times and people online have shared it nearly 20,000 more in hopes of catching the thief.

"This guy knew what he wanted right off the bat. He did a u-turn. He knew what house to hit and knew what to look for and knew how to look and in-and-out in 18 minutes," Vidal said.

Vidal says the thief hit his house just before 9 a.m. Thursday. No one was home when the man climbed through a window from the backyard into the living room.

After searching every room, Vidal says the crook left with a giant jug of money and expensive jewelry.

Security cameras, that Vidal installed on his own, would have alerted him to the break in while he was at work, had he remembered to turn on the alert feature.

"I ended up turning it off during the day, because my kids are here all summer and I didn't want to get e-mails every five minutes," he said.

Some security cameras will do more than others, some companies will not only help you catch the thief but get stolen items back.

Jennifer Tagle with American Video and Security says people can secure their homes for about $40 a month.

"When you have an alarm that is installed with an alarm company, you will get immediate guard response or police response based on verified video" Tagle said.

Vidal says he is going to invest in an alarm system. In the meantime, he hopes someone in the Las Vegas valley or on the web will recognize the man's face and turn him in.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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