Reward offered after break-in at vacant home

A man was caught on surveillance cameras as he strolled around an empty home in Pearland

December 28, 2010 4:36:30 PM PST
Police in Pearland are searching for a group of burglars they say are targeting vacant homes and model homes. They may have gotten a big break thanks to a tech-savvy homeowner who may have caught one of the suspects on video. They're fixing the back door at Jimmy Clapp's home in Pearland and trying to figure out who broke in.

"He came through the door, went directly into the kitchen," Clapp said. "He basically was taking inventory of what we had in the house."

Clapp's home has been for sale and vacant since they moved elsewhere about six months ago. Police tell him that's probably why it was targeted. Thankfully, he says, he left his surveillance system and computer behind. His wife made him buy the set-up years ago -- and its cameras were rolling.

"It was her idea to put the cameras in, and it paid off," Clapp said.

The cameras caught the burglar looking around the home, stopping even to inspect the refrigerator. At first, Clapp thought this was peculiar. But Clapp says police told him this is not the first such incident where thieves targeted empty homes. They tell him the man likely has plans to come back, to back a truck into his garage, load up the high-end appliances and drive off.

If you have any information about the man on the surveillance video, you are asked to call the Pearland Police Department at 281-997-4100.