Car owner confronts suspected burglar on video

Orange County deputies search for man in burglary at Cypress Run Apartments

By Sheli Muniz - Reporter

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County sheriff's deputies are looking for a suspected car burglar who was confronted by an owner.

Deputies released photos of the man Thursday hoping someone recognized the accused burglar.

It happened early Sunday in the Cypress Run Apartments on Goldenrod Road in Orange County.

The car owner told Local 6 he was alerted by a neighbor, he then ran out and confronted the suspected thief with his cellphone.

In the video, the car owner told the suspected thief, "He [friend] saw you breaking into my truck."

"You see anything broken? What?" said the suspect in the video.

"All the stuff in it, in the glove compartment is on the floor .. all stuff around," the victim told the suspect.

"No, I came to fix my homeboy. I drank a little bit. I came. I couldn't find my bike. That's it," replied the suspect in the 38-second cellphone video.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office calls him a suspect in at least two car break-ins at Cypress Run Apartments.

"That took a lot of guts to be honest, you never know, if he can break into your car. He can do anything," said driver Lucy Cuevas.

Deputies said this car break-in speaks to a much larger problem across the county. It's called car hopping.

Investigators passed around flyers this week to some neighborhoods warning folks that young kids are behind most of the burglaries. With school letting out, summer becomes a hotbed for the crime.

Deputies encourage drivers to remember to lock your cars.

"I would always lock the door, even if it's to come inside and come right back out," said Cuevas.

"Why am I going to go in the truck, seriously? I got my bike," the suspect said to the victim before driving off.

Anyone with information is urged to contact property detective Charles Webster at 407-254-4817.

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