NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — A Hallandale Beach detective woke up to find crooks trying to break into his cars that were parked outside his home.

As much as that detective said he wanted to confront the two men, he instead watched it all unfold while his home surveillance camera caught the men on camera. “He was walking toward my front gate here, the porch. The motion light came on, as you can see,” the detective said.

The detective didn’t want to show his face. Although he’s used to fighting crime during the day, he didn’t expect what happened to him in the middle of the night. “It was around 3 o’clock, 3 something, to get some water from the refrigerator,” he said. “As I was walking toward the kitchen and I take a look at my computer, and I saw a white male with a hoodie on, with a cap on, trying to open up my door, so I was thinking maybe I was dreaming.”

The detective told 7News that he then called authorities. “So I immediately went back to my room, picked up my cellphone and dial 911,” he said. “I called Miami-Dade Police officers.”

As a detective who handles high profile cases, this man has his home equipped with several surveillance cameras. Those cameras came in handy, catching both men at different angles trying to unlock the detective’s vehicles.

A huge concern for the detective is his unmarked police car that was parked across the street. Fortunately, all of his vehicles were locked. “Definitely, soon after, I want to make sure the car was locked,” he said. “I had the key too, so I remembered that, and I clicked it to make sure. The car was across the street. I didn’t see them go toward my unmarked police car, but they did go across the street to my neighbor and went through several cars in the neighborhood.”

Several neighbors were impacted from these car-hopping thieves, but the detective said he hopes his surveillance video can catch the two men. “Anybody can be a victim of crime,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be a police officer or a regular citizen. Anybody can be a victim.”

If you recognize the two men, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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