A South Side homeowner's video surveillance cameras were rolling earlier this month when a burglar used a sledgehammer to break into his home in broad daylight.
The crime happened around 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 11, near Loop 410 and Roosevelt Avenue.
The burglar used brute force to make entry into Amadeo Patterson's home. "He uses a sledge hammer and within seven or eight seconds he's inside the house," Patterson said.
Patterson’s eight video cameras were rolling as the burglar grabbed whatever he could get his hands on. "He took a compound bow, two laptops, a Samsung touch-screen device, a whole bunch of jewelry and just a whole bunch of little stuff like that," Patterson said.
Patterson has lived in the home since he was 8-years-old and this was 14th time he had been burglarized.
Weeks before the most recent break-in, Patterson said another person got in through a window when the burglar bars were removed as the house was being painted.
"They came through our bedroom window and broke out the window," Patterson said. "They weren't able to get in because of our headboard so I guess since he couldn't get in he took our push mower instead."
Fed up with the crime Patterson installed the surveillance cameras, but even they didn't scare off the mid-day burglar. "He's looking at the cameras he knows they're there but apparently he don't give a crap," Patterson said. "Unbelievable."
Patterson said his neighbors have also been targeted. He's now added an alarm and is hopeful the clear video his cameras captured of the burglar in action can help police put him behind bars.
"Hopefully San Antonio police will pitch in and get this guy off the streets because next time it could be you," Patterson said.
With the items that were stolen and the damage left behind Patterson estimated the burglar cost him about $7,000 on this visit.
Based on the time stamp on the video he believes the man spent about 17 minutes inside his home. Anyone who recognizes the man in the video is asked to contact SAPD.