Burglar breaks into truck outside Deerfield Beach home

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A community is on high alert after, a Deerfield Beach resident said, he was followed by a thief who managed to break into his pickup truck.

The victim, Bill Dobellear, said he had just returned home at the time of the close encounter, but he believes he’s not the only one who has been targeted within his community.

“This is not the first time we’ve been broke into here,” Dobellear told 7News. “Typically, it’s in the middle of the night, breaking a window, and this guy ducked into my truck and knew sort of right where to look, so it seemed.”

Dobellear said he was coming back from the airport on Sunday and was in the process of unpacking his car, and that’s when, he said, the crook followed him into his neighborhood and took advantage of the car being unlocked.

“Grabbed my wallet, all my I.D., credit cards, some cash that I had from my trip and took off,” Dobellear said.

Dobellear’s home surveillance footage captured a silver car driving by the home. Moments later, it is seen stopping nearby. The trunk of the silver car was then popped open and the burglar ran over to Dobellear’s pickup.

The video caught everything, as the burglar opened up the driver’s side door of the pickup and rummaged around before fleeing on foot.

The victim said he’s glad he installed the surveillance camera, and he hopes someone will recognize the crook. “Turn him in, turn him in. It’s not cool,” Dobellear said. “People robbing you in the middle of the day, on a Sunday, kids walking around this neighborhood, and it’s just really a bad feeling.”

If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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