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Stolen camera exposes burglars after continuing to transmit inside their home

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Stolen camera exposes burglars after continuing to transmit inside their home

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**Warning: Drug use.**

A pair of burglars have been caught on camera after they stole a house's security device and took it home still switched on.

Imagine a real life Harry Lyme and Marv Murchins from Home Alone - two burglars, who think they're so close to getting away with it, only to have their plans utterly thwarted at the last minute.

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Two men stole nearly $10,000 worth (£8,000) of tools from a vacant house in Wisconsin. While they managed to successfully break into the property and steal items, they forgot one crucial thing - it's probably best not to take the security camera with you, particularly if it's still switched on.

There's nothing quite like seeing karma in action.

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Realtor Erica Winship of Premier Point Realty, who dressed the property located near 74th Street and Silver Spring Drive in preparation for it being put on the market, was able to watch the whole burglary play out.

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She tells WISN 12 News: "Somebody picked up the camera and was like, 'What is this?' And then they bagged it."

"They took around $8,000 (£6,500) in tools. They also took a camera, which was hidden, which they did not know would operate pretty much anywhere, so it's operating on their dining table right now. We can see everything."

The burglars took the security camera with them, not realising it's still transmitting. Credit: WISN 12 News
The burglars took the security camera with them, not realising it's still transmitting. Credit: WISN 12 News

The realtor still had access to an inside view of the burglar's house even a week after the crime took place.

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She adds: "We're seeing people doing drugs. We're seeing people talk about how they sold the stuff, where the money went."

Despite the satisfaction of catching the burglars in the act, Winship notes the situation has still been tough to deal with.

The realtor said: "They may or may not [know the camera is still transmitting], but I don't think they really care.

"It's really disheartening when someone works hard to rev up a house to make sure it's occupiable and lovely for someone to live and someone just comes through and destroys that."

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The burglars can allegedly be seen doing drugs via the camera. Credit: WISN 12 News
The burglars can allegedly be seen doing drugs via the camera. Credit: WISN 12 News

Despite the camera - which uses a cellular network - revealing the home of one or both of the burglars, and showing clear images which could help lead to them being identified, no arrests have yet been made according to Milwaukee Police, as per WISN.

However, the investigation reportedly remains ongoing.

If you've been affected by the contents of this article and are looking for confidential and anonymous information related to drug addiction treatment you can call American Addiction Centers on 405-251-8425 available 24 hours seven days-a-week.

Topics: News, Crime, True crime, US News, Drugs, Money

Poppy Bilderbeck
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