Car theft victim posts surveillance video on YouTube

Created: 05/23/2014 6:31 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Belen woman is hoping a YouTube video helps catch the man who broke into her car and stole hundreds of dollars’ worth of her stuff.

Last Friday, Susan Crates pulled into the Kelly’s Liquors in Belen on her way home.

“I had just finished my last final exam,” she said. “I stopped here to get a bottle of wine to celebrate.”

Surveillance cameras inside the store caught what happened next and Crates posted the video on YouTube. She edited the video to add comments explaining what happened and music.   

In the video, she got out of her car and went into the liquor store. Seconds later a man walked up to her car, looked around, and then opened the unlocked front door. He reached inside, grabbed Crates’ backpack and then took off.

“I'm pretty sure he watched me walk in and knows I didn't set the alarm,” she said.

Crates’ backpack was full of her laptop, phone, prescription glasses and textbooks.

“Well the computer has three years of my kid’s pictures in it,” she said. “It's got all my documents. I keep everything in the computer.”

Now she’s hoping someone recognizes the man in the surveillance video and calls the cops.

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