Burglars attempt to steal from Plantation home while residents sleep

PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) - Police released surveillance video on Tuesday of an attempted Plantation home burglary.

According to Plantation Police, the burglars attempted to steal from the home near Northwest Eighth Street and 118th Avenue at 4:40 a.m. while the residents inside were asleep, Sunday.

“They were just looking for open doors,” said a homeowner who did not want to be identified. “It’s just really disturbing. I’ve lived here since ’99.”

The video shows one of the burglars wearing what looks like a line jacket with the letters FAU on it.

The duo could be seen turning several door handles, hoping that one was unlocked outside the house.

The homeowners were alerted by an app on their phone after it detected motion on the property.

They watched the subjects walk around their property as they called police.

“The motion sensors rattled my phone, so then when I clicked on the notification, I saw the suspect,” said the homeowner’s husband. “The jacket with the letters on it, that one walking to the back trying to open the doors. Turning the doorknobs to see if the doors were open.”

He later found out that the jacket-wearing subject was not alone.

“I went to the other side of the house where I have cameras, and I was going to rewind them to see where he came from because I thought he had left, and then I see the two guys walking back,” he said. “I shut the lights off in the kitchen and then called 911.”

According to one of the homeowners, the subjects fled the scene but left behind a few clues.

“There must have been a car or something parked because they ditched their backpack and the two jackets and got away,” he said.

This house was also the target of a burglary on Jan. 19, police said. The subjects in that case gained entrance to the home, but police did not report that they were able to steal anything.

“We believe it was professionals,” said the wife. “He had a mask. He had a beanie. He had gloves. He went through an impact door. We had an alarm system. We have cameras.”

Police said the burglaries appear to be unrelated.

“There’s a lot of people that are bold out there,” said neighbor Alan Steinberg. “You just have to be careful.”

Resident Angela Dawe is keeping an eye out. “It is common that if you live in a quiet place, you do get kind of complacent,” she said, “so you just kind of have to stay alert.”

If you have any information on this attempted 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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