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Young suspects caught on tape breaking into Chesterfield home

Posted at 11:53 PM, Apr 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-17 23:53:43-04

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) --A PS3 and accessories were ripped off, but a Chesterfield man says the game isn't over.

Thursday night, the victim of a broad daylight break-in shared surveillance footage of the incident, hoping that you’ll watch and call police.

The video shows the suspects first outside the house, then different cameras show them inside.

"He knocked to see if anyone was at home," said  a friend of the homeowner Derrick George. "It's not “Leave it to Beaver” now; we live in different times."

Chesterfield Police are investigating the robbery. At one point it appears the young criminals realized they were spotted and got spooked by Big Brother.

But not until they took PlayStation 3 and games downstairs, then went upstairs and triggered the alarm.

It happened around two Monday afternoon.

CBS 6 crime expert Steve Neal says that itself is telling.

"The first thing you notice when looking at the video is the brazenness of this young person who broke in,” said Neal. “He made it clear and obvious that he had no concern whatsoever and felt comfortable going into a stranger’s house."

The outside of the home was armed with several cameras, providing a detailed description.

"I encourage your viewers to pay close attention tonight to what he's wearing, how he walks and carries himself,” said Neal. “It's pretty distinctive. I have a strong suspicion a viewer will recognize them right away."

The homeowner is also offering a $500 reward for information that helps police catch the two. Derrick George says they're fortunate they weren't injured.

"Those kids are lucky, to be honest, because if someone had been home, things could've happened and these kids wouldn't be walking around,” said George.  “That's what they need to think about."

It’s also something for parents to think about.

If you recognize the young men in the surveillance video, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.