Burglary suspects caught on camera

SAPD, Crime Stoppers offering reward for information leading to arrest

Author: Tim Gerber , Reporter, tgerber@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 22 2012 10:44:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2012 11:35:08 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

While Carl Muellner was hard at work on September 19, thieves were working on breaking into his Northwest side home.

"I got a call from the alarm company saying, 'are you ok?' and I didn't understand what they were talking about," Muellner said.

Muellner said initially he dismissed the call as a false alarm but the more he thought about it the more worried he became. He finally decided to drive home and check on the house.

"I got to the driveway, saw the door ajar, called the alarm company back and said please dispatch the police," Muellner said.

When the officer arrived they walked through the home and noticed only a few items were missing including two jewelry boxes that contained several irreplaceable pieces.

"Things I gave my wife. Our wedding ring, I can by another ring, buy her charms but I can't get those back again," Muellner said. "I served overseas, I was in the Air Force for 22 years, I had memorabilia from the units I was in and I can never get it back. They're gone."

But Muellner had something the thieves didn't know about, a video surveillance system that captured the entire crime as it happened. The video showed one of the suspects approaching the house with a clip board in his hands. The man rang the doorbell, knocked on the door several times and when no one answered walked back to his car, but he wasn't leaving.

"He comes back, kicks in the door and his buddy is right behind him and in they go," Muellner said.

The burglars only had enough time to grab the two jewelry boxes before the alarm sounded and scared them off.

But the cameras captured several clear images of the two men and their car, a 1998-2000 Gray, 4 door, Ford Contour.

Muellner believes the same guys could also be responsible for other recent break-ins in the area.

"We've had, from my understanding, a couple of other break-ins in the past 4 to 6 months. I don't know if anyone else has video surveillance but I'd sure recommend it and the payoff will be if and when they catch them," Muellner said.

If you know the suspects contact SAPD or San Antonio Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP. Information leading to the arrest of the suspects could earn you up to $5,000.

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