Homeowner catches car thieves on camera

Crooks used flashlight signals to communicate

Thieves used flashlights to communicate
Thieves used flashlights to communicate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When Casey Nettles mounted a surveillance camera onto his house, he knew he would catch something on tape.  

Early Monday morning Nettles camera caught a group of thieves with flashlights looking into his two cars, and his neighbors vehicles. 

"They shined a light into the car and saw a stereo system and you could see them motion to others involved and popped the trunk. It was almost like they won the lottery and you can see them tote it down the street," said Nettles.

Multiple cars in Nettle's cul-de-sac were hit. He said these organized crooks would use flashlight signals to let everyone know which cars were locked and which weren't.

"It's horrible and you work hard for everything you have, and then it's really sickening and you watch it on video, people taking your belongings with no remorse whatsoever, you can see they just don't care," said Nettles.

"It sounds as though it's not their first rodeo," said Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson. "They've been thieves before and they've done this sort of thing before. They basically know what to look for."

Jefferson said that even though the cul-de-sac is tucked away and hard to access doesn't mean it can't attract criminals.

"That's the ideal house to hit because you're unsuspecting of these types of people and have these types of behavior," said Jefferson.